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Waycross Rotary Recognizes James Mock for “Service above Self”

James Mock, Okefenokee Technical College campus police chief, was presented the Waycross Rotary “Service above Self” award at a regularly scheduled meeting last fall.

Rotary President John Lefand (left) and Ed Avra (right), the club’s scholarship and award director, presented Mock (center) with the Rotary Club “Service above Self” award for Okefenokee Technical College. OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton (2nd from left) and OTC Vice President for Economic Development Andy Brannen (2nd from right) attended the presentation in support of Mock.

The award is reserved for post-secondary faculty and staff who exhibit a dedication to their calling that exceeds the normal bounds of duties and responsibilities. Each year the Rotary Club selects an Okefenokee Technical College employee and a Waycross College employee as recipients.

“This is a real honor,” stated Mock, who began working at OTC in May 2010. “It means a lot to be nominated by my co-workers and selected by the Rotary Club. I am grateful. Everyone at OTC has been very helpful and open to suggestions for improving campus safety and security. In fact, several security strategies have already been implemented.”

Avra’s presentation to Mock included statements from the chief’s co-workers who described him as “a great asset to the Okefenokee Technical College team,” someone who “has the ability and personal skills to diffuse potentially dangerous situations before they escalate,” and one who “goes above and beyond to make sure things are done right.”    

“Mock has made many improvements for the safety and security of everyone on campus,” stated Andy Brannen, vice president for economic development. “He is very dependable and gladly tries to help anyone who asks. His background in law enforcement has definitely been key to his success at OTC.”

Avra noted that in the short time Mock has been campus chief, he has supervised the implementation of the campus security camera system, coordinated a community wide emergency preparedness event in Alma, coordinated risk reduction training for the OTC leadership team, and created a highly visible safety and security presence on campus.

“Despite phone calls all hours of the night, miles of walking, and at times, difficult people and situations, Chief Mock still manages to smile and keep a pleasant attitude,” noted another co-worker.

Congratulations to James Mock (OTC) and Nancy Barrington (Waycross College) the most recent recipients of the Waycross Rotary Club’s ‘Service above Self” award.

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Rotary President John Lefand (left) and Ed Avra (right), the club’s scholarship and award director, presented Mock (center) with the Rotary Club “Service above Self” award for Okefenokee Technical College. OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton (2nd from left) and OTC Vice President for Economic Development Andy Brannen (2nd from right) attended the presentation in support of Mock.

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Photo 2:
OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton (left) recognized and congratulated James Mock at a college staff meeting as the Waycross Rotary Club’s Service Above Self recipient. Mock, OTC’s campus police chief, received the award for exhibiting a dedication to his job that exceeds the normal expectations of duties and responsibilities.

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