Blount County commissioner Wendy Pitts Reeves recently was honored during a ceremony in Nashville.
The Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers recognized Reeves with their Public Official of the Year Award for 2008. The award was announced at the NASW-TN Legislative Conference held March 25 and 26 at the Nashville Convention Center and attended by more than 700 social work professionals and students from across Tennessee.
According to a press release, from a slate of statewide candidates, Reeves was selected for outstanding public service to her community. NASW-TN Board Member and Blount County resident Connie A. Taylor, LCSW, nominated Reeves, who is also a licensed clinical social worker.
“Commissioner Reeves brings all the skills and core values of professional social work to her public service. She is a wonderful role model for others, especially women. Politics can be a challenging arena for anyone, but especially so for someone who seeks to uphold the dignity and worth of each citizen, and to advocate for those who may not be able to advocate for themselves,” Taylor said.
Reeves said she was surprised. “It was really pretty awesome. It was a bigger deal than I thought,” she said. “It was humbling.”