After 25 years of serving the residents of Orange Beach, mostly in the police department’s communication center, Osa Brown is retiring.
Brown, chief communications officer, will be honored at a retirement celebration from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Orange Beach Community Center, 27235 Canal Road.
“Osa has done a lot for the department,” Police Chief Joe Fierro said. “She’s done a lot with dispatch and moved it in a very good direction. She’s leaving it better than she found it. … She will certainly be missed but we wish her the best.”
City Administrator Ken Grimes Jr. added: “Osa is one of the best dispatchers around and just listening to a call with her in the communications role, you understand what it takes to be a professional. We appreciate her many years of service to the City of Orange Beach and her guidance and support of the police and fire departments responding to calls through the growth of our town.”
Brown spent her first couple of years with the City of Orange Beach in the Public Works Department. She was the original “buggy lady” and was known for her ability to rile up Bill Silvers, the former Public Works Director. She also volunteered with the Orange Beach Fire Department.
She moved over to the Orange Beach Police Department in 1995. After about one year she was named communication supervisor by then-Chief Robert L. Vinson. Over the years, Brown has trained numerous communications officers who later became patrol officers. Three officers she trained in communications remain with the city today, serving the department.
“Momma O,” as she is sometimes referred to, is always quick to correct her former communications personnel, no matter their rank, when they “forget where they came from.”