SUTHERLIN — Tom Boggs said he knew something was up at the First Citizens Banquet when he saw three men he hired as police officers.
His suspicions were confirmed when the retired Sutherlin police chief was named the city’s Man of the Year at a banquet Saturday night at the Umpqua Golf Resort.
Community volunteer Pam Waller was the Woman of the Year.
Boggs and Waller were recognized for numerous contributions to the Sutherlin community.
“It’s kind of embarrassing,” Boggs said. “The other nominees were probably more deserving.”
Boggs’ career in law enforcement began in 1978, when he was hired as a reserve officer for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He moved up to full time in 1980, working out of the Drain and Reedsport substations. He moved to Reedsport’s city police department in 1982 and Sutherlin’s in 1994. He was named chief in 2002.
Boggs is a Rotary member and a city councilor. He volunteers several days a week at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
“I appreciate the honor,” he said.
Waller, the office manager at Marshall’s Towing, has been an active volunteer in the Sutherlin area since meeting her husband, Dwayne, in 2008. Dwayne, a longtime organizer of the Sutherlin Blackberry Festival, got her started in volunteering through the Ford Family Foundation. One of her first projects involved sprucing up the Sutherlin Resource Center.
Waller said she knew something was up at the banquet when she noticed her three children in attendance. She said she didn’t even know she had been nominated.
She thanked other volunteers in the Sutherlin area for setting a high standard, specifically her husband and fellow Blackberry Festival organizers Pat Grier and Bertha Egbert.
“These women are involved in so many things. They taught me so much,” she said.
Several others were honored at the annual awards banquet organized by the Sutherlin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sutherlin High School FFA instructor Wes Crawford was named the outstanding educator for 2013.
The 25 Year Service Award went to Zada Wright.
Chamber President Tami Trowbridge said that Wright does the little things it takes for anything to get done smoothly.
“She’s at every meeting, runs all the sports sign-ups, takes care of the coach equipment handoff, orders shirts, collects money, runs concessions at baseball tournaments, mows the Lauren Young fields ... and has sent a bus of kids to SPLASH in Eugene every week in the summer,” Trowbridge said.
The Outstanding Service Business Award went to ServPro of Douglas County.
The Inspirational Leader Award went to Chuck Cook for his “smile ... cheerful attitude and his untiring enthusiasm.”
The President’s Award went to downtown booster and Gassy Creek Gallery owner Mary Jean Morey.
Gary Lund received a certificate of appreciation for his eight years of service on the chamber board.
Eddie Russell was recognized as the Super Chamber Office Volunteer.
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