Van Boshers Presented Annual 'Wormsley' Award For Service

Recognizing a county official whose service to their county constituencies and their state associations is the hallmark of the Robert M. Wormsley Outstanding County Official of the Year, a one-of-a-kind award presented each year by the Tennessee County Services Association (TCSA). This is the 15th year that TCSA has recognized a county official, this time honoring veteran Highway Supt. Van Boshers of Maury County.

The award was presented to Boshers during the association’s 65th Annual Fall Conference & Trade Show, held Oct. 24-26 in Hamilton County. This prestigious award was created in 2004, when Bob Wormsley retired as executive director of TCSA. For years this award has recognized someone whose dedication as a public servant exemplifies the qualities of a leader such as Wormsley, whose lengthy service also includes being a field staff consultant and later executive director of the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service and now president of the Local Government Insurance Pool. 

“This year’s recipient is a veteran public servant for both his county and our associations and has served as president of both during his tenure of more than 24 years,” said TCSA President Dwight Van de Vate, who announced the award. “Van Boshers has been elected Maury County highway superintendent six times and has made quite a difference in everything he has been involved with during that time. Van has served as president of the Tennessee County Services Association from 2011-2012, president of the Tennessee County Highway Officials Association from 2004-2005 and president of the Region 3 highway officials association.”

Boshers is currently a member of the board of directors for the Local Government Insurance Pool and 2nd vice president of the Region 3 highway officials association.

Those who nominated Boshers for this award were quick to point out that he is responsible for the construction, repair and maintenance of 823 miles of county roads and 277 county bridges and that “he is a dedicated public servant who exemplifies the leadership qualities of a true public service professional.”

Bob Wormsley, along with Van de Vate and TCSA Executive Director David Connor, presented the award during the association’s banquet.

Boshers joins a growing list of award recipients that includes:

• 2017 - Richard Arnold, Obion County commissioner

• 2016 - Brent Greer, Henry County mayor

• 2015 - Johnny Deakins, Washington County highway superintendent

• 2014 - Ben Clabo, Sevier County commissioner

• 2013 - Peggy Bevels, Lincoln County mayor (retired)

• 2012 - John Woodall, Franklin County highway superintendent

• 2011 - Lettie Kendall, Montgomery County commissioner (retired)

• 2010 - Larry Waters, Sevier County mayor

• 2009 - John Graham, Marion County highway superintendent and mayor (retired)

• 2008 - Ralph Puckett, Obion County commissioner

• 2007 - Jeff Huffman, Tipton County executive

• 2006 - Harold Austin, Hamilton County highway superintendent (retired)

• 2005 - Allen King, Haywood County commissioner (retired)

• 2004 - Claude Ramsey, Hamilton County mayor (retired)