Stokes County Commissioner Leon Inman was named winner of the Outstanding County Commissioner Award for 2014-15 by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) during its 108th Annual Conference, which was held Aug. 20-23 in Pitt County.
“It is quite an honor to be chosen,” said Inman. “There are a lot of outstanding commissioners in North Carolina including Stokes County and it is an honor and privilege to be selected for such a prestigious award. I am very pleased to bring this award to Stokes County.”
Inman has been active in the NCACC since first becoming a Stokes County Commissioner. He has served on the NCACC Board of Directors several times, including as Chair of the NCACC Public Education Steering Committee and as a District Director.
In 2015, he was tapped by NCACC President Ronnie Beale of Macon County to chair the NCACC’s Mental Health Engagement Task Force, which was charged with finding ways for counties to help citizens enter and navigate the state’s mental health system and to make sure commissioners across the state know and understand the basics of how the system works.
“Leon has long been an advocate for those who need special attention,” said NCACC President Ronnie Beale of Macon County. “Commissioner Inman has always shown outstanding leadership on behalf of the public mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance abuse services system.
“He has truly been a great advocate for those who need our help the most, and it is a privilege to bestow this honor on Commissioner Inman.”
The M.H. “Jack” Brock Outstanding County Commissioner Award is presented annually to a commissioner who has demonstrated special achievements and efforts on behalf of county government throughout the state and/or region, not just within his or her county. Inman is the first commissioner from Stokes County to win the award, which has been presented annually since 1967.
This is not the first statewide award Inman has received this year.
On June 8, Inman received the 2015 County Commissioner Leadership Award for outstanding leadership on behalf of the public mental health , intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance abuse services system. Only four honorees in varied categories were selected statewide for the prestigious honor.