Onslow County celebrates the retirement of Kim Mackey who has been an Onslow County employee for 30 years. Kim has dedicated her career to ensuring the safety, permanence, and well-being of children exposed to abuse and neglect since April 1989 when she began her career with Lowndes County Department of Family and Children Services in Georgia. After moving to North Carolina, she began working with Onslow County Social Services in November 1993, where she has remained until retirement.
Ms. Mackey became a Social Work Supervisor III in 1997 and was promoted to Social Work Program Manager in 2005, where her influence on children and families has continued to grow. As Program Manager over Permanency Planning Unit, in addition to In Home Services, one can begin to have some understanding of the influence she has had on the lives of children in Onslow County when you consider that she has been an integral part of the decision making process and delivery of services for more than 2,000 children that have been agency custody during the time she has been in the role of program manager.
For more than 15 years, Ms. Mackey has partnered with the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club to coordinate the sponsorship of children in the custody of Social Services who are in kinship care placements. Each year around Christmas, the Kiwanis would support up to 25 children and kinship care providers shopping for clothes. Ms. Mackey spearheaded the development of this yearly tradition and has long been identified as an honorary member of that group.During her 30 years of selfless service in child welfare, Ms. Mackey has poured herself into clients and inspired staff to achieve positive outcomes. She has built a strong sense of teamwork within the agency as well as within the community to achieve positive outcomes for children exposed to abuse and neglect.