March 15, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DSS QUALITY & TRAINING SPECIALIST NAMED
MECKLENBURG COUNTY EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Charlotte, NC - For her work to enhance the delivery of social services to customers and the leadership she has shown in improving the administration of the food stamp program, Mary Cousart has been named the Mecklenburg County Gerald G. Fox Employee of the Year.
The announcement was made Tuesday, March 15 at the regular meeting of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Cousart was nominated by her peers and selected by the Charlotte Chamber. She is the 42nd annual recipient of the Gerald G. Fox Employee of the Year award and will receive a plaque, a gift certificate and $200. Her name will also be engraved on a permanent marker in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The award is named in honor of former county manager Jerry Fox, and honors an employee whose contributions exceed what is required in the job.
Cousart is a quality and training specialist with the Services for Adults division of the Department of Social Services. She has been employed with Mecklenburg County since 1991. One of her biggest accomplishments in 2004 was to help initiate the food stamp group interview process, allowing workers to receive verifications faster and re-certify cases in a more timely manner.
Cousart also worked to interface the food stamp program with the social services integrated computer system. This allows for more timely review of food stamp cases. Cousart also served on the Mecklenburg Community Connection, a group of workers who ventured into the community to present seminars on Medicaid programs.
The Charlotte Chamber selected Captain Lawrence Calvin of the Sheriff's Office as the runner-up. He has been employed with Mecklenburg Countysince 1983. Captain Calvin was nominated for his exemplary leadership at the Mecklenburg County jail. His nominating form says he encourages and challenges detention officers and supervisors to apply themselves, have dignity about their jobs, be ethically and morally correct and follow policies and procedures.
In 2004, he embraced the position of event director for the First Celebration Talent Showcase, putting together an event that raised $1,140 for The Shelter for Battered Women. As runner-up, Captain Calvin will receive a plaque and gift certificate.