VOL. 133 | NO. 30 | Friday, February 9, 2018
Dwyer, Kennedy to Receive Dunavant Awards
By Michael Waddell
The Honorable Judge Tim Dwyer and Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy are the 2018 winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.
JUDGE TIM DWYER and HARVEY KENNEDY
A committee of members of the family of the late Shelby County Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East announced the award winners Thursday, Feb. 8, in advance of the 15th annual awards luncheon on Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis on Central Avenue.
“We look at and for both contributions each award recipient has made to the community and how they emulate the characteristics of Bobby Dunavant in terms of going about their task of public service,” said Rotary Club president J. Mark Griffee, shareholder and partner with Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C.
Those outstanding characteristics that defined Dunavant as a person and a public servant included being honest, unpretentious, accessible, energetic, involved, generous, empathetic and highly attentive to detail.
“These two award recipients truly do exemplify those traits,” Griffee said. “They’ve both managed to accomplish a tremendous amount over a long period of time.”
The Dunavant Awards are given annually to one local elected official and one non-elected public official, based on nominations from the public.
Dwyer is a General Sessions Criminal Court Judge who founded the Shelby County Drug Court in 1997. In 1984, at age 30, he was elected to General Sessions Division 8 as the youngest judge in the State of Tennessee.
“Judge Dwyer started the Drug Court, which has been instrumental in helping to separate out drug issues from true criminal issues in our youth locally,” Griffee said. “It’s about giving those deserving a second chance and being able to identify them early in the process.”
Kennedy has worked with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, a previous recipient of the Dunavant Awards, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county's government.
15th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards
What: The Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service by honoring two public servants each year – one elected official and one non-elected.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m
Where: Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.
Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Hardy, chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and president and CEO of Chism Hardy Investments
Reservations: A table for 10 can be reserved for $400 and individual tickets are available for $50.
Contact: Lee Hughes, email@example.com
“He has been very instrumental in reducing the county debt load significantly, which allows the tax dollars to be spent on providing actual services as opposed to just paying or funding debt service,” Griffee said. “To me, that’s an incredibly difficult task and one that people don’t understand how hard it is to do and the role that he has played in accomplishing it.”
The Dunavant Awards are co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Memphis East and The Daily News. The event is expected to draw 400 to 500 attendees.
Carolyn Hardy, president and CEO of Chism Hardy Investments and chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle, will be the keynote speaker.
A table for 10 can be reserved for $400 and individual tickets are available for $50.