In addition to overseeing 350 employees, Mr. Smith contracts with the state and federal government to appropriately manage various programs and services for the public.
HENDERSON, TN, April 12, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mike Smith has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Smith is recognized for his leadership as the executive director at Southwest Human Resource Agency in Henderson, Tennessee. The agency's mission is to enhance the quality of life for the less fortunate, providing social services throughout 16 counties in the state's western region.
In addition to overseeing 350 employees, Mr. Smith contracts with the state and federal government to appropriately manage various programs and services for the public. He also operates a community service department that oversees low-income energy assistance. Moreover, Mr. Smith manages the Head Start program, which includes approximately 420 children. His responsibilities include ensuring the children are safe, well-fed, and well-taught. He also ensures that the program runs smoothly, that all state requirements are met, and that the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are aligned.
Since joining the agency, Mr. Smith has served an instrumental role in being recognized by the Southeastern Community Action Agency group as a leader in innovation. This recognition came after developing a program that included visiting the county jails and identifying inmates who could lead full lives after completing their sentences, reducing recidivism rates. The program, which spanned approximately six years, maintained a recidivism rate under 10%. The national average is notably about 66%.
Mr. Smith's success as a Southwest Human Resource Agency leader is due to his honesty and integrity. He also takes pride in his communication skills and being able to inspire others to follow in his vision. Looking toward the future, Mr. Smith aims to continue advancing various programs and ensuring that the organization remains financially stable for future generations. Previously involved in local government, Mr. Smith was renowned for his contributions as the former mayor of McNary County, Tennessee, between 1994 and 2005.
A dedicated civil advocate, Mr. Smith has been active with the West Tennessee United Way and Gideon International Organization. He has also served on the advisory board for the University of Tennessee and chaired the McMurray Central High School Sports Hall of Fame as a founding member for over a decade. Most honorably, Mr. Smith served his country in the Tennessee National Guard. In honor of his accomplishments, he received a Community Betterment Award in 1998.
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