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Former New Kent sheriff recognized with lifetime achievement award

June 29, 2016 | Virginia News

News Image Former sheriff F.W. "Wakie" Howard Jr was honored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Richard Holcomb on Wednesday for outstanding service during his 36-year tenure in New Kent County.

Howard received the "Lifetime Achievement Award," which was presented during the 2016 Governor's Transportation Safety Awards at the Virginia’s Executive Mansion, according to a Virginia DMV news release.

Howard received one of 12 Governor’s Transportation Safety Awards, which were awarded by the DMV’s Highway Safety Office.

Howard was elected as sheriff in 1979 and served nine terms before retiring in December 2015. When elected, Howard was the youngest sheriff in the state. He was also the longest serving sheriff among Virginia’s sheriffs upon his retirement.

During his career, Howard served on numerous local, state and national safety committees and was a strong supporter of transportation safety in the Virginia. He has testified or had representatives from his department testify at the General Assembly on various transportation safety topics, the release said.

Howard, his department and his staff received countless awards and recognitions at the state and national levels during his tenure as sheriff, the release said. 

“We are happy to take this time to recognize the impressive efforts made by Virginians to help make an impact on the safety of everyone who shares our roadways,” said Holcomb, who is also the governor’s highway safety representative. “What these folks are doing is saving lives and for that, we are very grateful.”

Source: The Tidewater Review