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Ford named TML state Mayor of the Year

Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III was honored Tuesday, June 12, by the Tennessee Municipal League, which presented him the 2007 Tommy Goodwin Mayor of the Year award during the League’s conference in Knoxville.

Former Farragut Mayor Robert “Bob” Leonard won the award 10 years ago.

“Each year the League honors a city mayor that typifies the attributes of intelligence, effectiveness, hard work, dedication and sacrifice,” Carole Graves, TML spokesperson, said. “Mayor Ford is a fine example of all these attributes.”

Ford has served in municipal government since Farragut’s inception in 1980, when he was elected to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. In 1993, he was elected as mayor, a position he has held ever since.

He was re-elected for a fourth term as the town’s mayor in 2005. His civic involvements include serving on Farragut Municipal Planning Commission and the Farragut Beer Board, the Knoxville Regional Trans-portation Planning Organ-ization Executive Board as chairman, East Tennessee Development District Board of Directors, ETDD Executive Committee, East Tennessee Human Resources Agency Policy Council, ETHRA Steering Committee, National League of Cities Board of Directors and NLC Small Cities Council Steering Committee.

He also serves on the Knoxville Area Joint Economic and Community Development Board’s Board of Directors Executive Committee.

“I am deeply humbled and honored that T-M-L would present me with this award,” Ford said. “I’ve been honored to be in T-M-L for the past several years. It’s a fine organization that has done a lot for Farragut and other communities across the state.”

Ford said the award was a feather in the town’s cap.

“This is an honor for the town of Farragut,” he said. “I’m just the one who was given the plaque.”

Ford credited the award and the success of Farragut to town staff, including town administrator Dan Olson and his staff.

“They’re the ones that do all the work,” Ford said.

Vice Mayor Mike Haynes said the award recognizes the quality leadership Farragut has had in the past several years.

“I think in our system, the mayor is in a unique position as leader,” Haynes said. “A town has to have a leader and Farragut has been fortunate to have had two of the best.”

“I think this is really an honor for Mayor Ford,” Alderman Dorothy “Dot” LaMarche said. “I admire him for what he’s done for Farragut.

“I know he’s made personal sacrifices for the town over the years.”


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