Obion’s Arnold Wins 2017

 Wormsley Award, Accolades

A 23-year veteran of the Obion County commission, Richard Arnold has been named this year’s recipient of the Robert M. Wormsley Outstanding County Official of the Year.

Arnold was presented the award on November 2 during the annual fall conference of the Tennessee County Services Association (TCSA) and its affiliate organizations.

He is only the 14th recipient of the prestigious award, created in 2004 to recognize county officials whose dedication as public servants exemplifies those identified in Wormsley. Bob Wormsley was executive director for TCSA for a decade. Prior to that he was with The University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) as its executive director and a field staff consultant.

“Richard’s 23 years of distinguished public service, since being elected in 1994, has been marked by leadership and accomplishments,” said then-TCSA president Dan Eldridge in making the presentation. “His desire to serve our community spans beyond his elected office.”

In addition to his service on the Obion County Budget Committee, Arnold is chair of the county Solid Waste Board and a member for the past 13 years of the Cates Landing Port Authority Board, a joint port and operation of Obion, Lake and Dyer counties.

On the state level, Arnold is an active member of the TCSA and the Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA), serving as chair of the TCCA Transportation Committee for the past three years and as a member of the TCCA Governmental Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Tennessee Transportation Coalition.

“Richard’s service and leadership in his community involve several activities and organizations,” said Eldridge. “He is a 50-year Mason and member of Union City Lodge 538, a past president of the Union City Lions Club, and a TSSAA football and baseball official for 25 years.

“Most recently, Richard volunteered as a mentor in the Tennessee Promise Program to help young students continue their education,” said Eldridge.

Arnold is a past chairman of the Deacons at the Union City Second Baptist Church.

“As you can see, Richard’s life has been dedicated to his family, his community, and his church,” said Eldridge.

Bob Wormsley is director emeritus for TCSA, retiring in 2003. The Campbell County native has more than 50 years of experience in state and local governments and now serves as president/CEO of the TCSA Local Government Insurance Pool.

The annual award was created in Wormsley’s name and intended to honor his “unmatched compassion and commitment to effective county government.”