Mount Gilead recreation director stepping down

Mount Gilead town recreation director Cathy Haithcock is stepping down. Haithcock has not submitted an official resignation, but over the weekend she announced her intention to leave the position after 16 years of service.

The public swimming pool on E. Allenton St., Mount Gilead, N.C. has a maximum depth of 10 feet. The pool is part of the Stanback Park complex, operated by the Town of Mount Gilead. (Town of Mount Gilead photo)

The public swimming pool on E. Allenton St., Mount Gilead, N.C. has a maximum depth of 10 feet. The pool is part of the Stanback Park complex, operated by the Town of Mount Gilead. (Town of Mount Gilead photo)

In a message on Facebook, Haithcock said she’s tired and burned out, and that she’s ready for “someone else … to step up and do their share for the children of Mount Gilead and the surrounding area.”

Cathy Haithcock has been in charge of operations at the town’s pool and for overseeing the annual Park Program, which has provided children’s summer recreation for more than 60 years. According to Haithcock, her work with the programs has included the training and supervision of 87 different teenage lifeguards and Park Program counselors.

Haithcock hopes the early notice will allow someone else time to obtain the credentials necessary to do the job. She said a pool operator’s license is among the requirements for the position.

Anyone interested in pursuing the recreation position should contact Mount Gilead Town Hall.

Cathy Haithcock is also a longtime staff member at West Montgomery High School. She said she will help a new person plan and organize town recreation activities in 2015, but she hopes to spend some extra time next summer resting and enjoying her grandchildren.

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