Oak Ridge Recreation Manager Matt Reedy has been named a 2017 Community Hero by the International City/County Management Association, or ICMA. Reedy is one of just 10 people chosen from across the country, a press release said.
“The honor is part of an ICMA initiative called ‘Life, Well Run,’ which aims to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value professional managers bring to build ethical, efficient, effective local government, and great communities we’re proud to call home,” a press release said.
Reedy was surprised with the announcement and a presentation of a certificate from ICMA at the regular city council meeting on Monday, April 10, the press release said. Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson spoke about Reedy’s devotion to the city and its people, in particular its youth.
“In fact, an Oak Ridge High School student and Youth Advisory Board (YAB) member contributed a glowing summary of the impact Matt makes on the community,” the press release said. “Portions of that letter were used in the nomination form, including: ‘As a mentor, Matt believes in each board member more than they believe in themselves…he is always eager to turn the hushed, half-hearted suggestion of a quiet student into action.’”
Reedy has been with the City of Oak Ridge for 11 years. As recreation manager of centers, camps, programs, and the YAB, Reedy ensures that the community’s youth learn about governmental processes through participation and service, the press release said. By working with local private and non-profit groups, the Youth Advisory Board has learned about its capacity to serve and improve the city.
ICMA will soon make a visit to Oak Ridge to record a special video about Reedy and his Community Hero recognition. The video will be posted on the ICMA website, along with videos of the nine other award recipients. You can read more about the Community Heroes and the Life, Well Run initiative at ICMA’s website at lifewellrun.org/lwr-recognizes-community-heroes/.
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