VOL. 132 | NO. 64 | Thursday, March 30, 2017
Joyner, McCloy to Receive Dunavant Awards
By Bill Dries
Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Memphis Public Libraries director Keenon McCloy are the 2017 winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.
A committee of members of the family of late Probate Court clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East announced the award winners Wednesday, March 28, in advance of the April 18 awards luncheon.
“Both of these candidates had multiple nominations,” said David Leake, a founder of the annual awards. “That always helps with more information about the people who are nominated and the job they are doing. … Both of these candidates met all of that criteria. Other candidates did but we retain our nominations.”
The April 18 awards luncheon, which starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd., will feature a keynote speech by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.
Past honorees will also be present for the luncheon and public officials, elected and non-elected, are encouraged to attend.
Joyner was elected to a third term as mayor of Collierville in 2016. His first two terms as mayor saw the town join Shelby County’s five other suburbs in each forming their own municipal school districts. Collierville also has emerged from the recession with commercial and residential growth that Joyner and other leaders have attributed in part to the school system’s success.
McCloy has been libraries director since 2008, coming to the post from being the city’s director of public services and neighborhoods. She has served in the administrations of Memphis Mayors Willie Herenton, A C Wharton Jr. and Jim Strickland.
As director of libraries, McCloy has overseen new programs that emphasize the role of libraries as activity centers for learning and innovation where digital technology meets the printed word.
“There are a lot of great public servants out there doing their job every day,” Leake said. “But we are looking for the ones that go above and beyond the ordinary.”
The awards, given annually to one elected and one non-elected public official, are co-sponsored by The Daily News and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.
The recipients are selected by nominations from the public based on the attributes of public service exemplified by Dunavant, who served as both an elected leader and a non-elected public official.
“If you look at our award winners in the past they are over a broad spectrum of the community, and I think that’s what we are looking for,” Leake said. “It’s not about politics. We are amazed every year that we have such great candidates. That’s what this award was all about – to raise the attention to the public about these good public servants that are out here doing a good job every day.”