Sewell appointed director of Hamlet Senior Center

Staff report

* March 4: Former senior center arrested

HAMLET — Nikki Sewell has been selected as the new director of the Hamlet Senior Center. The Laurinburg native will report to work on April 13.

Sewell will work to enhance the programs that serve Hamlet’s senior residents in the community. She stood out amongst a variety of interested candidates, according to City Manaager Marcus Abernethy.

Nikki Sewell

Nikki Sewell

“The city received a lot of qualified applicants; many of whom were very talented and capable,” Abernethy said in a news release. “Nikki’s commitment to her education combined with her current experience has prepared her well for this position.”

Sewell is currently working directly with seniors at the Wagram Active Living Center. Members of the hiring committee all agreed that Sewell was the best candidate for the position.

“She has the right demeanor and expertise, and we are excited to bring her on board,” Abernethy said.

The city made the selection process a deliberate one in order to choose the best available candidate. Abernethy organized panel interviews as well as a written exercise to evaluate its top candidates for this position. Candidates had to complete exercises that tested their oral and written abilities. The city recruited former senior center director Susan Sellers, as well as representatives from the Lumber River Council of Governments and the Richmond County Aging Services Division, to serve as assessors.

Sewell said she is excited to soon be serving the city of Hamlet.

“This is a wonderful opportunity, and I am thrilled to be on board,” Sewell said in a news release. “I look forward to providing quality services and programing to the current patrons of the Senior Center, as well as recruiting new ones. One of my main priorities will be returning the Hamlet Senior Center back to being certified as a Center of Excellence by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.”

Sewell comes highly qualified and well recommended by current and previous supervisors. She is immediately coming from The Wagram Active Living Center where she served as an assistant to the director. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in public and nonprofit administration at UNC-Pembroke. Sewell holds an associate’s degree in office administration. She is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and a Chronic Disease and Self-Management Lay Leader.

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