Tim Reid has been selected by the Keep Akron Beautiful Board of Directors to take the position of Litter Control & Community Service Coordinator after Bill Smith, former Litter Control & Community Service Coordinator of Keep Akron Beautiful, announced his retirement in December of 2015 after 32 years with the agency.
Tim Reid has been with the agency for eight years in the position of Litter & Graffiti Supervisor, supervising the court appointed community service workers that help the KAB crews keep the City of Akron litter-free 365 days of the year, as well as assist with the Community Pride Trailer program and respond to graffiti removal requests received by the agency for private and public properties. Reid is a proud graduate of Buchtel High School and has lived in Akron his whole life. Prior to his time with Keep Akron Beautiful, Reid was employed at a shipping company in Solon, Ohio.
Of his promotion Reid said, “I love working with people and love the people I work with. It’s the most positive group I’ve ever gotten to work with; Keep Akron Beautiful is like family.” Reid worked closely with Smith during his eight years at KAB and acted as Interim Litter Control & Community Service Coordinator until he was officially offered the position. As the Litter Collection & Graffiti Coordinator, Reid is responsible for monitoring the litter and illegal dumping status on public property within the City of Akron. This involves tracking the chronic problems areas and making the daily assignments for the KAB litter collection crews.
Reid also commented, “Bill Smith taught me a lot and I’ve learned a lot from the other supervisors. I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to take on this new role.”
The only time Tim likes putting frowns on people’s faces is when he blast their graffiti away. “It’s an ongoing game, but eventually, they get tired of wasting money on spray paint that gets removed the next day.” Tim is often referred to as the “Blaster Master” when it comes to graffiti removal services.
He recalled one job in particular where his crews were called to paint over a vandalized bridge on Barge Street. “I could hear a guy on the phone, bragging to his friend about his graffiti.” By the time the offender came back to the scene of the crime to take a picture of his work, the graffiti had been eradicated. “He had this look of confusion on his face.”
Over the years Tim has become a key member of the KAB team. We hope you join the staff at Keep Akron Beautiful in congratulating Tim on his well-deserved promotion!