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Officials honored at county award ceremony

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Barry Brown accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award. SUBMITTED
Sonny Weatherford is presented with the Public Servant of the Year award. Public Servant of the Year
Leslie Schell receives her award for Legislator of the Year

Six officials garnered awards last week at the annual Sumner County Council of Government dinner, held at Long Hollow Gardens and Nursery.

Lifetime Achievement Award

General Session Judge Barry Brown was given the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Sumner County native, Brown was first elected to the bench in 1986. Over the years, he has been tireless in his efforts to advocate for the county's at-risk youth and their families.

Judge Brown recently announced he will retire at the end of the year.

Public Servant of the Year

Sumner County Sheriff Sonny Weatherford was honored as the 2017 County Public Servant of the Year for his work ethic, integrity progressive polices within the department he leads.

Following in his father's footsteps, Weatherford has worked at the sheriff's office for 34 years, serving as team leader of the SWAT team. He is also a firearms instructor for the FBI and the NRA.

Legislator of the Year

County Commissioner Leslie Schell was named 2017 Legislator of the Year based on her leadership, character and commitment to the citizens.

First elected in 2014, Schell, who lives in Gallatin, is currently chairman of the General Operations Committee and serves on both the Legislative and Education committees.

Municipal Public Servant of the Year

Sumner County native and attorney John Bradley was awarded the honor of being the 2017 Municipal Public Servant of the Year.

Bradley has served the city of Hendersonville for more than three decades; as well as the city of Westmoreland for 13 years.

His peers say Bradley is well respected for his knowledge, wisdom, fairness to others, and his experience in municipal law.

Municipal Legislator of the Year

Chosen by his peers, Hendersonville Alderman Hamilton Frost was named the 2017 Municipal Legislator of the Year for his standard of excellence he has maintained for more than two decades.

First elected to office in 1994, Frost holds the longest running consecutive term of any other alderman in the city. Currently serving as the city's vice mayor, he has been actively involved in numerous committees and boards over the past 23 years.

City Manager of the Year

Gerald Herman, city administrator for the city of White House, took home the title of 2017 City Manger of the Year.

Herman was elected in 2012.

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