Citizen of the Year Awards are given to honor an individual whose impact through the years will be recognized and regarded with pride throughout the area as a role model. These outstanding citizens are chosen for their definable, exceptional deeds, with which he or she has made their community a better place to live. Awards are given to deserving individuals based on local area nominations.
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Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winners!
East Cobb Citizen of the Year
Major Jerry Quan of the Cobb County Police Department has been named East Cobb Citizen of the Year. Major Quan began his career with the Cobb County Police Department in 1989 and during his career, has risen in the ranks from Patrol Officer to Major and Precinct 4 Commander.
In a time of hostility toward public safety officers, Major Quan selflessly puts on his uniform with the citizens of East Cobb at the forefront of his mind. He is a well-known figure at the local schools and can often be found working on behalf of the police department or on many occasions as a volunteer. Seen at most every community event, Quan frequently leads up police teams in local 5Ks and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.
Acworth Citizens of the Year
Kim Wigington, Director of Brookwood Christian School, has been named Acworth Citizen of the Year. As Chair of the Downtown Development Authority, Wigington’s leadership has provided a vision to support prosperity and growth for downtown businesses and citizens in the Acworth community. During her service to the Downtown Development Authority, the city has adopted six transformational projects that will dramatically expand Acworth’s historic business district. The projects will create new jobs and homes that are expected to bring new homeowners downtown. Wigington is also a member of North Star Church and is a past Chair of the Acworth Business Association.
Kennesaw Citizen of the Year
Rene Dollar, Vice President of ServisFirst Bank, has been named Kennesaw Citizen of the Year. With a heart for local families, Dollar spearheads the bank’s canned food drive, soliciting donations from customers and vendors for the Center for Family Resources’ Thanks for Giving campaign. Similarly, she heads up a collection effort for Cobb Christmas making the bank a collection point for gifts benefitting local children in need. Dollar is also a keen supporter of Christmas at Piedmont, a program that has raised $15,300 for the community.
Recognized by her nominators as a center of influence, Dollar routinely promotes local causes through her network—and it’s quite the network—holding positions with the Kennesaw Business Association and Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
West Cobb Citizen of the Year
Judge Greg Poole of Cobb County Superior Court has been named West Cobb Citizen of the Year. Prior to joining the Superior Court in 2013, Judge Poole served on the Cobb County Juvenile Court for nearly 10 years, where he presided over child delinquency and deprivation matters, focusing on rehabilitation of children and re-uniting families.
A Marietta native, Judge Poole serves on several local charity boards of directors, including the Marietta Schools Foundation. He is member of First United Methodist Church and resides in West Cobb with his wife Lucia.
Marietta Citizen of the Year
District Attorney Vic Reynolds has been named Marietta Citizen of the Year. Reynolds served as Chief Magistrate, presiding over Cobb County Drug Court from 1994 to 1999. After leaving the bench, he began practicing criminal-defense law and was elected as District Attorney for the Cobb County Judicial Circuit in 2012. In total, Reynolds has been a part of the Cobb community for over 30 years. Beyond his public service he is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta and Republican Party of Cobb County.
Smyrna Citizen of the Year
Chief David Lee of the Smyrna Police Department has been named Smyrna Citizen of the Year. After retiring from Marietta Police Department, Lee began his role as Chief for Smyrna PD in 2013. Since then he has worked tirelessly to build a community oriented police department. Employing officers that reflect the community’s diversity and forming key local partnerships have been a positive recipe for establishing trust within the community.
In addition to creating many community and business partnerships, Chief Lee has established a Citizens Police Academy, Chaplain's Program, self-defense programs for women, and many other community programs designed to provide education, awareness and support.
South Cobb Citizen of the Year
Wayne Dodd was named the South Cobb Citizen of the Year by the South Cobb Rotary Club and Cobb Chamber. As a South Cobb native and graduate of South Cobb High School, Dodd continually works to promote and enhance his community. He serves as an ambassador for the Cobb Chamber and works as community outreach liaison for government and community affairs for Puckett EMS. Dodd spearheaded the popular October Haunt After Hours at Six Flags Over Georgia, bringing together multiple Chamber and Business Associations in the area. He also serves on the WellStar Foundation Board, is President of Community Charity Concepts, and volunteers with Sweetwater Mission, the Fraternal Order of Police and numerous other organizations.