This morning, the Utah State Senate presented Cottonwood Heights City, which is in my Senate District, with a citation recognizing its many #1 achievements.
In August of last year, the Cottonwood Heights City Emergency Preparedness Team was awarded FEMA’s top award for “Collaborative Preparedness Planning” at the 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness held in Washington, D.C. It was selected for its exemplary model of developing and implementing a citywide emergency preparedness plan. When completed, the system will be prepared to communicate with residents of every street and home in the City.
Cottonwood Heights has also received many other awards in just five years of being established as an official city.
They’ve received Best of State Awards by the Best of State Committee in 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2006 they received the Best of State in Community Development. In 2008 they received the Best in State for the best-elected official, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. And in 2009 they received Best in State for the best-appointed Official, Treasurer Gary Harmer.
In 2007 Money Magazine rated them in the Top 100 cities of America.
In 2007, 2008, and 2009 Cottonwood Heights received the Distinguished Budget Award by the Government Finance Officers Association.
And the Cottonwood Heights Police Department received special recognition for their exceptional work against drunk driving. Before the Cottonwood Heights Police Department was established, only around 20 DUI arrests were made per year. Last year, the police made 256 DUI arrests.
Senator Karen Morgan awards Senate Citation to
Cottonwood Heights City Officials
(left to right)
Robby Russo, Chief of Police
Gordon Thomas, Councilman on Emergency Preparedness
Senator Karen Morgan
Kelvyn Cullimore, Mayor
Lianne Stillman, City Manager