On September 8, 2017, High Country Council of Governments held its annual awards banquet to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions by elected officials, local government employees, and advisory committee members.

High Country Council of Governments (HCCOG) is a planning an development agency serving local governments in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.

Awared winners were selected by elected and appointed officials from the seven-county region.

Seven Devils' Town Council Member, Mayor Pro-Tem Brad Lambert was selected as this year's Outstanding Local Elected Official in the High Country Region. This award honors outstanding service and leadership to the community.

Before becoming a resident of the Town of Seven Devils, Lambert had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, and retired from military service in 2002. For 5 years he served as Town Manager, and shortly after retirement in this position, has served on the Town Council since 2011.

Under Lambert's leadership, the town's first website was established. He was instrumental in working with town staff, FEMA, and local contractors to rebuild roads and infrastructure after 2 devastating hurricanes hit the town in 2004. Lambert has made a tremendous effort to unify a workforce to create and promote a positive work environment. He provides unending volunteer service to the Town of Seven Devils by serving as Chair of the Public Works Committee, Member of the Public Safety Committee, and Volunteer Firefighter - 1st Responder.

Congratulations to Brad Lambert!!

Photo Credit (c) Burton Photo 2017 - Additional photos featured in the 7D Photos Album