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Selma hires new parks and rec director

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SELMA — Town Manager Elton Daniels has announced the appointment of Billy Roach as Selma’s parks and recreation and library services director.

Roach, who will begin his duties on Jan. 30, replaces Joe Carter, who retired Dec. 31 following a 35-year career with the town.

“I am thrilled Billy Roach decided to join our team and I am confident in his ability to lead our Parks and Recreation/Library Services Department,” Daniels said. “He has the desired knowledge and experience, but what I like most about him is his sense of purpose and his can-do attitude. My entire recruitment team all agreed that he has the coveted ‘it’ factor.”

Daniels said the fact that Roach is certified as an aquatic facility operator was an added bonus as the town has just recently purchased and completed renovations on the Selma outdoor swimming pool.

Roach comes to Selma from Dunn, where he has served as athletic director for the Dunn parks and recreation department since 2016.

“I am really excited and honored at this tremendous opportunity to lead an outstanding recreation department,” said Roach. “I know I will have some big shoes to fill following Joe Carter. There is nothing better than being a public servant and bringing residents together to impact how communities operate.”

The Lumberton native and graduate of Lumberton High School has more than 20 years of coaching experience through various North Carolina recreational leagues.

Roach was director of youth baseball in Dunn and during his tenure there, his teams won 13 district championships, six state championships and two world series titles in 2017 and 2018.

He was league director for Miracle League of Dunn, a baseball league designed for people with disabilities ,and also served as Special Olympics coordinator. Roach currently serves as director of the North Carolina Wrestling Association for Youth, an organization he founded in 2011.

Roach is an officer in the Dunn Masonic Lodge and in that capacity, serves as a member of the Dunn Clowns Sudan unit that marches in parades and performs in other events as a fundraising tool for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Roach said he is thrilled to be part of Selma’s bright future and will be looking for input from the current staff, coaches and residents on what they would like to see.

“I am looking forward to combining my experience and passion to take on new opportunities as Selma’s parks and recreation director as we work together to provide impactful, innovative and sustainable parks and recreation services for the community.”

Roach is married to Dr. Jennifer Roach, a Dunn veterinarian, and the couple has one son, Trip, who was born in September.