VOL. 129 | NO. 77 | Monday, April 21, 2014
Dunavant Awards Honor Craft, Lewellen
By Bill Dries
It’s a long way from Collierville Town Hall to 201 Poplar Avenue. So the two recipients of the annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards will meet Monday, April 21, near the University of Memphis to be honored.
The luncheon at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis by the Rotary Club of Memphis East honors Collierville town administrator James Lewellen and Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., will be the keynote speaker for the event that begins at 11:45 a.m.
Lewellen was chosen by a committee of Rotarians and the Dunavant family as the non-elected official who receives one of the two annual awards and Craft was chosen as the elected official.
Craft is seeking re-election to the bench this year and is running unopposed for another eight-year term of office. He was first appointed judge in 1990.
Lewellen has been administrator for Collierville for 18 years after coming from a similar position with the city of Germantown.
The committee takes nominations from the public.
The 11th annual awards are sponsored by The Daily News and the University of Memphis and are named in honor of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant to promote discussion about a more specific definition of good government service from elected and non-elected public officials.
Dunavant served in both capacities during his career in Shelby County government.
Past winners of the awards as well as other public officials will be among those in attendance.