The Tennessee Municipal League honored Cleveland Mayor during the organization’s 79th Annual Conference Knoxville held Saturday, June 9.
The Tennessee Municipal League honored Cleveland Mayor during the organization’s 79th Annual Conference Knoxville June 9.
In recognition of his 25 years of service with the league, the board of directors voted unanimously to pass a resolution honoring his commitment, “citing his service to the City of Cleveland and cities across the state during his tenure.”
According to the proclamation, Rowland was honored for being the longest-serving mayor in Cleveland history, population growth of the city from 28,000 to 45,000 during his tenure as mayor, serving on the Cleveland Utility Board, the executive board of the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council and the Industrial Development Board.
During his association with the TML, Rowland has served in several positions, including the board of directors, vice president, and has twice served as its president. In addition, Rowland has served as member of the TML Risk Management Pool board of directors and vice chairman of the TML Bond Fund.
The proclamation also commended Rowland for his membership of the Keep American Beautiful Board, the Emergency Shelter Board, the 911 Board, the United Way Board, Greenway Board, the Volkswagen Task Force and the Tennessee Veterans Home Council.
In addition, the proclamation stated Rowland was a founder of Cleveland 100, an organization that assists surviving family members of police officers, firefighters and emergency personnel killed in the line of duty.
The proclamation also noted Rowland is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired colonel from the Tennessee State National Guard.
He has served for 22 years on the Tennessee Advisory Commission for Intergovernmental Relations, where he was vice chairman for 15 years.
Rowland was also named "Mayor of the Year" by the TML in 2004.
In a statement to the Cleveland Daily Banner, Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis wrote:
“It has been my honor to have served alongside Cleveland City Mayor Tom Rowland as Bradley County’s mayor during the majority of his 25 years,” Davis said. “This unique perspective has given me an ability to witness his devotion, determination and dependability in numerous situations that were instrumental in helping Cleveland, Bradley County and our surrounding region. Thank you Mayor Tom Rowland for all that you do for so many!”
In a statement to the CDB, Rowland wrote:
“This was my last TML Annual Conference held this week in Knoxville. The honor was a surprise at the annual board of directors meeting. It was a bittersweet conference for me, as I have made many friends from across the state through this organization.”
“Through the years the networking has been valuable to me, as I learned from other cities' experiences and shared our city's successes. Serving on the board of directors and twice as its president, TML has been a great resource for our city through the years. I was proud to have our city represented this year as an exhibitor sharing our employee orientation process with other cities across the state,” Rowland wrote.
The mayor noted the importance the league is to cities across the state.
“I cannot say enough about the friends Sandra and I have made through the years. I have to admit a few tears were shed during this final conference. I still serve as vice chair of the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund Board and board member of the Risk Management Pool until the end of my term as mayor. I cannot emphasize enough how important these state organizations are to our cities and being involved has been a great honor and asset to our city,” Rowland said.
Rowland said he was proud of his role in selecting future leaders within the organization.
“Former Cleveland Mayor Harry Dethero also once served as TML president. Councilman David May previously served as vice president and Vice Mayor Avery Johnson is now a board member. I was honored at this meeting to serve as chairman of the nominating committee to help select the league’s future leaders.”
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