COLUMBIA — Boone County’s Republican Central Committee is seeking nominations for the first Dr. Edward H. Robb Award.
The award was created in remembrance of former Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ed Robb, who died in September. It recognizes the outstanding service of an employee of any city, county or public entity of Boone County.
Robb, a Republican, also served as a state representative for two terms from 2004 to 2008. He represented the 24th District, which consists of southern Boone County.
In November 2010, he narrowly defeated Democrat J. Scott Christianson for the presiding commissioner seat, winning by 528 votes out of nearly 50,000.
Robb said one of his goals was to create a charter form of government for Boone County, which would provide more independence from the state legislature.
He died of a heart attack after collapsing outside of Boone Tavern on Sept. 25 just eight months after taking office. He was 69.
“We believe this will be an appropriate way of remembering and honoring Dr. Robb and the service he provided for many years," Boone County Republicans Chairman C. Bruce Cornett said in a news release about the award. "This annual award will recognize public employees who represent the best in public service."
The award would include a plaque, he said, and the committee is hoping to raise some funds or food and a night at a hotel to give the recipient of the award.
Nominations will be limited to full-time, non-elected employees in Boone County and political party affiliation will not be taken into account during the selection process.
The general public, managers, supervisors and elected officials can make nominations at the committee’s website boonecountyrepublicans.com until 5 p.m., Feb. 3. The award, according to the release, will be presented at the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 24 at the Courtyard Columbia, 3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd.
"Ed's whole career was in the public sector, and he always viewed it as challenging and rewarding," Rosa Robb, his wife, said in the news release. "He would be pleased to know that public service is being recognized in this manner."