The purpose of this award is to honor and pay tribute to a citizen of Alabama for distinguished and honorable public service, and outstanding contributions to the well being, prosperity and progress of the state.

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Tuscaloosa Mayor named 2012 ABA Citizen of the Year

The purpose of this award is to honor and pay tribute to a citizen of Alabama for distinguished and honorable public service, and outstanding contributions to the well being, prosperity and progress of the state.

ABA's Citizen of the Year is someone who has enhanced and enriched the lives of Alabamians by leadership and unselfish service to his or her community and the state. This leadership can be recognition of outstanding contributions to education, business, professional, civic, philanthropic or religious ideals that have benefited Alabama citizens.

While the award itself carries a date, it is not primarily devoted to one single achievement in a specific year. It is designed to award continuing service and leadership.

The 2012 ABA Citizen of the Year is WALT MADDOX

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, 2012 ABA Citizen of the Year On November 2, 2009, Walter Maddox was sworn in for his second term as Tuscaloosa's 36th Mayor. Since his first inauguration, Mayor Maddox has led initiatives to increase economic development, improve customer service and provide quality pre-k education for academically at-risk four-year old children. He plans to continue these efforts throughout his second term.

Mayor Maddox is a Tuscaloosa native and graduated from Central High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and master's degree in Public Administration from the UAB. While at UAB, Mayor Maddox was a four-year letter-winner on the football team.

The majority of Mayor Maddox's professional career has been spent in public education. From 1996 2001, he served as a Field Director with the Alabama Education Association. In 2001, he was appointed Executive Director of Personnel for the Tuscaloosa City Schools. In that same year, he was elected as City Councilman for the Sixth District.

Mayor Maddox is married to Stephanie Roberts Maddox. He has two children: Trey and Taylor. His favorite hobby is running and he has completed several marathons and half-marathons.

Masters of Public Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Bachelors of Arts, Political Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Graduate Central High School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Professional Experience:
Councilman, District Six, City of Tuscaloosa
Director of Personnel, Tuscaloosa City Schools October 2001 - September 2005
Field Director, Alabama Education Association
   July 1997 - February 2001 (Tuscaloosa)
   April 1996 - June 1997 (Muscle Shoals)

Religious Affiliation:
Forest Lake United Methodist Church

Completed 2010 Mercedes Marathon
Represented Graduating Class for UAB's 40th Anniversary Convocation, September 2009
Completed 2009 Mardi Gras Marathon
MLK Realizing the Dream 2009 Call to Conscience Award
Alabama Association of Conservation District's 2008 Outstanding Elected Official Award
Alabama Chapter of National Association
of Social Workers- Elected Public Official of the Year 2008
West Alabama Unit of National Association of Social Workers -Elected Public Official of the Year 2008
Leadership Alabama Board Member
2007 Leadership Alabama Graduate
YMCA of Tuscaloosa Board Member
Omicron Delta Kappa Society Member, Inducted April 2007
Office of School Readiness Award for Pre- K Leadership, April 2007
Nucor Steel - Man of Steel Award, 2006
Earned the 2006 State Outstanding Achievement in Community Development Award from Congressman Artur Davis
Completed the 2006 St. Jude Marathon
Completed the 2006 Mercedes Half-Marathon
Completed the 2005 Disney World Marathon
Department of Government, MPA Student of the Year, May 2004
Alabama Leadership Initiative (Leadership Alabama), April 2004
Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Administration, May 2003
Completed the 1999 Vulcan Marathon
Kathryn Morgan Scholarship in Public Speaking May 1995
Davey Allison Memorial Scholarship, October 1993
UAB Football Letter-winner, 1991-1994


2012 - Walt Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa
2011 - Not Named
2010 - Not Named
2009 - Patricia Barnes - "Sister Schubert"
2008 - Katherine Tucker Windham
2007 - Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.
2006 - Alabama Army National Guard/Alabama Air National Guard/US Coast Guard
2005 - Not Named
2004 - Mother Angelica
2003 - Bart Starr
2002 - Congressman Sonny Callahan
2001 - Not Named
2000 - Not Named
1999 - Not Named
1998 - Andreas Renschler, Mercedes
1997 - Not Named
1996 - Elmer Harris
1995 - Dr. David G. Bronner
1994 - James Redfield
1993 - Robert E. Lowder
1992 - Claude Harris Jr.
1991 - Not Named
1990 - Fred Sington
1989 - Joe Bruno
1988 - Winton Blount
1987 - Edgar Weldon
1986 - Emil Hess
1985 - Bobby Allison
1984 - John M. Harbert, III
1983 - "ALABAMA"
1982 - Charles A. Boswell
1981 - William R. Ireland
1980 - Not Named
1979 - George Wallace
1978 - Dr. David Matthews
1977 - George "Goober" Lindsey
1976 - A.G. Gaston
1975 - Chief Justice Howell Heflin
1974 - Roscoe Whatley
1973 - Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan
1972 - Frank Spain
1971 - Senator Lister Hill
1970 - Dr. Harry Philpott
1969 - Dr. Frank Rose
1968 - Captain Anthony Normand, U.S. Army
1967 - Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
1966 - Frank Samford

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