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Bay Transit offers opportunities for second (or third, or fourth) career

When it comes to cleanliness, new Bay Transit bus driver Vernon Baylor has few rivals.

“I learned it from my grandmother first and again from the Army,” Baylor recalled. “They always inspired me to take pride in myself, my uniform, the vehicles I drive, and my lifestyle. I don’t drink or smoke. Never have.”

Baylor, who started working for Bay Transit last summer, was born and raised in Westmoreland County. After graduating from Washington and Lee High School, Baylor enlisted in the Army and was active duty for six years and in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1995.

Following his time in the military, Baylor went to work for the Virginia Department of Corrections, serving as a K-9 (canine) officer throughout the state. “I had to be ready to go anywhere at any time,” Baylor said. Being physically fit, organized and keeping his K-9 vehicle clean and ready to go were critical to his success. “I had the cleanest K-9 vehicle in the state of Virginia,” he added. The work was hard but rew...

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