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Knoxville Mayor, Madeline Rogero received the National Public Elected Official of the Year Award at the National Association of Social Work conference in Washington, DC, on June 22.

Rogero was nominated for the award by Karen Sowers, former dean of UT’s College of Social Work, and Karen Franklin, executive director of the Tennessee Chapter of NASW.

The award recognizes an elected official that has shown outstanding service and contributions that affected social justice, healthcare, education, civil and human rights, and social work practice.

“This award recognizes officials who understand the heart of our profession,” said Sowers. “As we look at Madeline Rogero’s life, we see a person who is dedicated to public service and promoting a vibrant economy and strong neighborhoods while caring for the vulnerable populations of our community. Knoxville is fortunate to have this courageous and gracious leader in our city.”

Rogero was elected the 68th mayor of Knoxville in 2011. She is the first woman to hold the office.