City of Independence, Missouri

Susan Paxton Block Public Service Award Nominations Due August 18

The City of Independence is looking to honor excellence in public service.

Anyone can nominate a City employee, volunteer or elected official who has demonstrated outstanding public service, valor and job performance with leadership for the Susan Paxton Block Distinguished Public Service Award.

Nomination forms are due Friday, August 18 and are available from Cantrell Wenzel, a Junior Service League (JSL) past president, City department directors and Chamber of Commerce, 210 W. Truman Road. Forms can also be printed using the button below. Completed forms should be mailed to the JSL at 3122 South Crysler, Independence, MO 64055. Mrs. Block was a member and past president of the JSL.

The late Bill Paxton, father of the late Councilmember Block, established the award to honor her memory and recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence while conducting City business. Mrs. Block represented the third council district from 1992 until her death in November of 1996.

A selection committee, comprised of local service club presidents, will select the recipient. Among past recipients of the award were Ellen Greenberg Jacobs in 2014, Christina Leakey in 2015 and Cindy Friend last year.

The award is $1,000 plus a sterling silver medallion and a sterling silver lapel pin. Proceeds come from the memorial fund established by Paxton.

The award will be announced and presented to the selected City government employee, public official or volunteer at the Monday, September 18 City Council meeting at City Hall, 111 East Maple. September 24 was Councilmember Block’s birth date.

For more information, call Cantrell Wenzel at (816) 510-8952.

Download nomination form