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Trustee Dan Combs of Perry Township, Monroe County, was named the “Trustee of the Year” by the Indiana Township Association during its annual conference on Tuesday, September 22nd,
The selection committee determined that Trustee Combs more than met the criteria of a trustee who successfully fulfills, not only the duties of office, but demonstrates the willingness and ability to move significantly beyond those duties to the benefit of their community.
His nomination was comprised of many letters from leaders in the Bloomington area, including its mayor, Mark Kruzan. Mayor Kruzan said of Combs, “Nearly three decades of public service has not diminished Dan’s resolve to help others. Today he is focused on the prevention of homelessness and securing a better future for generations of area families”.
Several letters of nomination noted Dan’s accomplishments over the past many years, as well as his recent undertakings. One of his recent projects has been to provide space for New Leaf – a local non-profit that has worked in the jail for years to help inmates released from incarceration make a successful transition to a law abiding lifestyle.
Another letter noted “Perry Township is a shining reflection of the value and importance of township government in addressing the individual needs of Hoosier citizens. This is due largely to the leadership of Dan Combs”.
“During his years of service, Dan has shown the essence of an outstanding trustee who has moved beyond the ordinary to the exceptional,” said Debbie Driskell, Executive Director for the Association. “His peers are proud to honor him and to recognize him for his many successful endeavors to benefit the citizens of Perry Township”.
As Dan accepted the award, a video tribute prepared by his staff members, was played for the audience of more than 300 township officials from across the State. “After thanking the audience for the award he said, “A lot, if not most, of the credit goes to my wife and partner, Pat Combs. Having a good Board to work with and a great staff has allowed me to better serve my community.
The trustee was quoted as saying, “There are moments I cherish more in memory, but there is no honor that is more touching.”
Trustee Dan Combs with wife, Pat Combs
Wayne Township was named the “2015 ‘Charles Bogden Memorial’ Township of the Year” by the Indiana Township Association during the annual educational conference held in Indianapolis.
Trustee Andy Harris accepted the award on behalf of the township which is located on the west side of Marion County. Trustee Harris invited his staff members to join him on the stage as he was presented the award.
Harris noted that the township would not have the list of accomplishments if not for the great staff, township board and community with which he works with.
The annual award, named for Charles Bogden, a former board member of Wayne Township, is to be presented to a township that demonstrates accomplishments that are “above the call of duty” rather than simply good public service as the law requires.
The committee, comprised of former winners of the “Trustee of the Year” award, determined that Wayne Township met the criteria for several reasons including the establishment of the Victim’s Assistance Team which shows up on every fire scene where a resident has been displaced. Victims are provided vouchers for hotels, along with steps toward accessing other services within the community.
Trustee Harris stated, “The most important step for the Assistance Team is not just showing up, but the follow through - staying in contact along the way until the victims are safely back in their home or have found alternative housing”.
Also noted during the presentation was the township’s Community Paramedic Program which is designed to help the uninsured and/or homeless at no charge, including flu shots, school physicals, and long-term illnesses that require on-going medical care.
Debbie Driskell, the executive director for the association stated, “Wayne Township represents the results of valuable leadership and team-work. It demonstrates what can be accomplished by setting the bar high and then working together to achieve measurable results. A township such as this sets a great example of leadership for the entire state”.
“How honored we at Wayne Township are to have won this award!” Harris stated. “As trustee, I am blessed and humbled to have the “A Team” that has a servant’s heart and the will to “Get ‘er done!”.
Trustee Andy Harris with members of his staff
ITA President, John Henry (left) with Trustee Andy Harris
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