May 1, 2007
For his leadership in the
Park and Recreation Department and his passion for kids, swimming and pool safety, Rodney Sellars has been named the Mecklenburg County Gerald G. Fox Employee of the Year.
For his leadership in the and his passion for kids, swimming and pool safety, Rodney Sellars has been named the Mecklenburg County Gerald G. Fox Employee of the Year.
The announcement was made May 1 at the regular meeting of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Sellars is the 44th annual recipient of the Gerald G. Fox Employee of the Year award. He was nominated by his peers and will be presented with a plaque and $600 award. His name will also be engraved on a permanent marker in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
The Gerald G. Fox Employee of the Year award is named in honor of former County Manager Jerry Fox. It recognizes an employee whose contributions exceed what is required in the job. This year's monetary award has been doubled, thanks to a sponsorship grant from The Employers Association, a Charlotte based non-profit organization.
Rodney Sellars is a Recreation Coordinator/Supervisor at the Mecklenburg County
Aquatic Center. He has been employed with the Park and Recreation Department for 15 years and is responsible for developing swimming programs youth, coaching a variety of programs, teaching aquatic safety and supervising the lifeguards.
Mr. Sellars recognizes the need to improve swimming opportunities and aquatic education for youth, particularly in the minority community. He is the founder and volunteer coach for the Queen City Dolphins, Charlotte's only U.S.A Swimming minority team. He also created and developed one of the Aquatic Center's signature events, Rodney's Great Kids Triathlon, promoting fitness, health and fun for youth ages 5 - 17.
Mr. Sellars holds certifications at all levels, including American Swimming Coaches Association level-three coach, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and the American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. He was recently recognized for his achievements with a 2006 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.