Nominations sought for Citizen of the Year

CHARLES TOWN — The Citizen of the Year in Jefferson County will be named on June 26 at a banquet held by the county Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Spirit of Jefferson.

Since 1979, the chamber has named the citizen whose extraordinary community involvement deserves notice.

Last year’s winner, Don Mickey, is a career educator and member of the county fair board. Additionally, he was instrumental in establishing the Jefferson Livestock Expo and was a leading force in the merger of Jefferson Memorial Hospital and City Hospital, as they become West Virginia University Hospitals East.

Typically, the winner of the award has contributed to Jefferson County in many ways over a period of years, according to chamber Executive Director Heather Morgan McIntyre.

In his nomination application, Mickey’s community giving was described as “a major thrust of [his] life,” McIntyre said.

The award committee, which is made up of chamber board members and representatives from the Spirit of Jefferson, is looking for a description telling how the nominee excels, McIntyre said.

“Tell us in a short paragraph why you feel this person is deserving,” she said. Include individual accomplishments and community organizations to which the nominee has given effort, she said.

The winner each year is totally surprised, McIntyre said. Their families may be told in advance to be sure the winner attends the awards banquet, but otherwise the news is kept secret. “They do not know at all,” she said.

Also to be honored at the banquet are the county’s business of the year, as well as new and expanding businesses.

The event will be held at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

  Nomination forms for this year are available at the Spirit of Jefferson office and may be returned to the Chamber, McIntyre said. Reservations for the award banquet are $28, and may be made by phone, at 304-725-2055.

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