Tuesday night, Mayor Gene Wright was awarded the John Land Years of Service Award for 20 years of service to the Town of Malone.
Wright was a city councilman for his first four years of service before being elected as mayor in 2000. He has been mayor for 16 years.
Wright is well known throughout Jackson County for his work in obtaining grants for improvements in the Town of Malone, as well as his work with the veterans of Jackson County. He is a supporter of Malone Recreation and can be seen throughout the town and county as a spectator as sporting events involving the many levels of players from Malone.
For the last two years, he has put together an event involving the arrival of Santa Claus portrayed by Wright at the VA Clinic in Marianna. Staff and patients were given various items including smoke detectors, candy canes, and gift cards that were donated by various businesses called on by Wright to assist in making Christmas a little brighter.
In the letter sent to Wright, it stated, “You should be very proud of this honor.”
Wright was indeed proud, “I try to do the best job I can and look after the people of Malone. We have a great community.”