Recreation and Parks Employee Named ICMA Community Hero


April 11, 2017

City of Oak Ridge leadership and members of the Recreation and Parks Department are proud to announce that one of our own, Recreation Manager Matt Reedy, has been selected by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) as a 2017 Community Hero, one of just ten people chosen from across the country.

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.

Matt was surprised with the announcement and a presentation of a certificate from ICMA at the regular city council meeting on Monday, April 10. City Manager Mark Watson spoke about Matt’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. 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.”

Matt has been with the City of Oak Ridge for 11 years. As Recreation Manager of Centers, Camps, Programs, and YAB, Matt ensures that our community’s youth learns about governmental processes through participation and service. By working with local private and non-profit groups, the Youth Advisory Board has learned about its capacity to serve and improve our City.

ICMA will soon make a visit to Oak Ridge to record a special video about Matt Reedy and his Community Hero recognition. The video will be posted on their 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: lifewellrun.org/lwr-recognizes-community-heroes/.