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Hawk named ‘Tenn. Planner of the Year’


Ruth Hawk has been named Tennessee Planner of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association.

“I feel very honored,” Hawk, Town community development director, said.

“It’s a great honor to the town of Farragut and to Mrs. Hawk, and given the extensive growth in our Town, planning has been an integral part of the success of this growth,” Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III said.

“You have to be nominated. They go over my professional career … and they just pick someone,” Hawk said of the nomination and award process.


Bob Hill, chair of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, nominated Hawk.

“I just felt like she had done so much for the town of Farragut in her tenure here, and I’ve really worked with Ruth since I’ve been on the Planning Commission,” Hill said.

“Obviously, she’s been recognized by her peers for her performance and that is certainly a credit to Ruth Hawk and the town of Farragut and to her staff,” Ford said.

TAPA also gives awards for particular developments and plans, but Planner of the Year is meant to recognize a particular person and their career accomplishments.

“It’s the highest honor they have … she doesn’t have a crown or anything, but it’s a very high honor,” Hill said with a laugh.

Instead of a crown, Hawk received a plaque Sept. 25 at the TAPA conference in Johnson City.

Hawk has worked for Farragut 14 years; she was hired as a planner and promoted to community development director.

“I knew that when I took this job it had the potential to be more than what it was at the time,” Hawk said.

Hawk directs the Community Development department, which includes planning, zoning and codes enforcement; staffing the Municipal Planning Commission; meeting with commercial and residential developers working in the Town and reviewing and making recommendations on all residential and commercial development plans to the MPC.

Hawk also has worked as planner for Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Local Planning Assistance Office and the city of Oak Ridge.

Hawk graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography from The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Geography from The University of Tennessee.

For more information, visit www.tnapa.

org or www.townoffarragut.org.

 

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