Whitehurst named Mae R. Coleman Citizen of the Year in Crestview

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

Coleman — who is assembling a citizens committee to recommend future award recipients — credited such acts for Whitehurst's honor.

"This is an award for what you do in this community, for your community and for your neighbors," she said. "It is a humanitarian award. Mayor Whitehurst did good for the city. I know he did what he did for humanitarian reasons."

When Crestview acquired a former light-manufacturing facility on the corner of Stillwell Boulevard and Industrial Drive in 2009, the city council unanimously named it the George H. Whitehurst Municipal Building. Today, it houses the Crestview Police Department and Warriors Hall auditorium.

Whitehurst's nomination followed Cadle's recommendation at the Jan. 28 council meeting.

"Mayor Cadle has made a wonderful suggestion for our Citizen of the Year recipient," Council President Ben Iannucci III said at the council's Feb. 11 meeting.

Councilman Charles Baugh Jr. moved to approve whom he called "probably Crestview's No. 1 citizen, former Mayor George H. Whitehurst, as the 2013 Citizen of the Year, based on Mrs. Coleman's comments and the mayor's recommendation."

A burst of applause sounded throughout the council chamber as five "yes" votes appeared on the tally board.

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