VOL. 132 | NO. 78 | Wednesday, April 19, 2017
McCloy and Joyner Accept Dunavant Honors
By Bill Dries
Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner agreed Tuesday, April 18, that Memphis Libraries director Keenon McCloy deserved an award just for working for four consecutive mayors.
He and McCloy were the recipients Tuesday of the 14th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards given by the Rotary Club of Memphis East and the family of the late Shelby County Probate Court Clerk.
They were honored at a luncheon at the Hilton Memphis hotel sponsored by The Daily News and The Rotary Club that drew more than 500 people including past recipients of the honor.
“There is no greater honor than service. There is no greater reward than service and today there is no greater need for it,” Joyner said. “Public service has never faced a sterner test than it does today. People are watching local government and what we do with a very careful eye. We are reminded of it daily.”
McCloy has been library director for a decade and a part of city government for 25 years, starting with her return to Memphis in 1991 to work in the transition office of Memphis Mayor-elect Willie Herenton.
“I came back and I fell in love. … I fell in love with every neighborhood, every corner of this city,” she said of the experience.
She also acknowledged that there are challenges in public service on a daily basis.
“At times you think things are not so great and you actually press the flesh and talk to people and you see so many people in so many communities and you see something beautiful in every single human being,” McCloy said.
The Dunavant Awards are given annually to one local elected official and one non-elected public official based on nominations from the public.
Luncheon keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Bob Corker recalled his time as mayor of Chattanooga in a public career that has included being finance commissioner for the state of Tennessee.
“The best job in America as a public official is being a mayor,” Corker said as he presented the award to Joyner.
Joyner is in his third term as mayor of Collierville after serving as an alderman and before that, being appointed to the Collierville Planning Commission.
Before the luncheon, McCloy and Joyner spoke about public service at the Dunavant Awards symposium at Christian Brothers University.