Mayor Myron Bailey and the City Council announced Justin Fox as Cottage Grove’s Volunteer of the Year at the City’s annual volunteer recognition ceremony held April 17.
“Over the years he has given thousands of hours of service to our community,” said Mayor Myron Bailey.
Fox has served on the City’s Planning Commission, on the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, and as president of his home owner’s association. In 2017 Fox put in more than 200 hours of mentoring, training, scheduling, and other administrative duties while still serving in a patrol capacity as Captain of the Cottage Grove Police Reserves. All of this while being a small business owner and devoted husband and father.
“You all here tonight are what makes this city great,” said Justin Fox to the more than 200 volunteers at the ceremony, adding that he is honored to be recognized.
The members of the City’s Inclusive Playground Task Force were also recognized for their work in bringing the Woodridge Park Inclusive Playground to Cottage Grove. Alene Colvin, Samanthia Crabtree, Cassie Fearing, Pat Forsythe, Shannon Hagness, Barb Mueller, Dawn Rankin, and Cameran Schwichtenberg each received a plaque acknowledging the five years of work done to bring their shared vision of having a fun, safe, and inclusive playground in the community.
“We volunteer because we enjoy our city,” said Forsythe speaking on behalf of the task force.
For the past 32 years, the City of Cottage Grove has recognized its volunteers at an annual banquet held at River Oaks Event Center during Volunteer Appreciation Month.