Canton Resident and Former Mayor Honored With Veterans Service Award
Friday, July 8, 2016
Posted by: Laura Holloway
Canton resident and veteran Joe Clark has been recognized by Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder for his volunteer work with a 2016 Veterans Service Award. He was nominated by the RSVP program at Douglass Community Services.
He is one of 34 Missourians to be honored from over 100 applicants.
An Air Force veteran, Clark served as Alderman from 1996 to 2005 and as Mayor from April 2005 to April 2009 in a town of less than 2500 people.
As mayor, Clark influenced the development of the Canton Downtown Vision and Development Strategy and supported the incarnation of the city recycling center by securing funds from the NEMO Solid Waste District for the successful continuation of the volunteer recycling program
A Mississippi River town, Canton experienced record flooding in 2008. Clark did his best to support the Emergency Management Director and residents during the flood fighting efforts.
No longer an elected official, Clark continued to assist the city with various grant applications and projects. He assisted with the Safe Routes to School grant which awarded the city $232,549 for sidewalk replacement.
He currently serves as President for the Canton Community Betterment Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Lewis County Health Department and has served many leadership roles with the congregation of Immanuel United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at Douglass Community Services.