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Smith receives plaque of Appreciation

Jerry B. Crabtree, current Executive Director of the Township Officials of Illinois and Illinois’ representative on the NATaT Board of Directors presented Bryan E. Smith with a plaque of Appreciation from the NATaT Board.

Bryan E. Smith of Long Creek Township was recently honored with a plaque of Appreciation from the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) in Washington, D.C. for 35 years of dedicated service, vision and commitment to townships in the State of Illinois and the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT). Smith served as Executive Director/CEO of the Township Officials of Illinois for 25 years, the association’s second longest serving CEO in the association’s 116 year history. Smith worked for the association for 35 years retiring in August 2021. Smith served as NATaT’s Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the NATaT Board of Directors twice, in 2003-2004 and again in 2019-2020.

The National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) is the voice for more than 10,000 towns and townships across the country seeking to enhance the ability of smaller communities to deliver public services, economic vitality, and good government to their citizens. America’s towns and townships seek to partner with the federal government to ensure that public laws, policies, regulations, and resources support fostering local democracy.

Due to the pandemic the NATaT Board of Directors was unable to honor Smith for his contributions prior to his retirement so recently, Jerry B. Crabtree, current Executive Director of the Township Officials of Illinois and Illinois’ representative on the

NATaT Board of Directors presented Smith with a plaque of Appreciation from the NATaT Board.

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