Former Burleson Police Chief Tom Cowan was named 2013 Citizen of the Year on Thursday at the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards luncheon.
Cowan, who retired from the Burleson department at the end of January to take over as chief of police in Joshua, said the award caught him completely off guard.
“I am very privileged” to be named Citizen of the Year, Cowan said, adding that Burleson is “a wonderful community and I have loved being part of it.”
Cowan said last year when he announced he was taking the job in Joshua that he and his wife would continue to live in Burleson.
Crazy 8 Ministries, led by founder and CEO Laura Schwarz, was named 2013 Civic Organization of the Year and Sara Shea Pryor Dicke of Serendipity hair salon in Old Town Burleson won the Marzie Bartee Volunteer of the Year award.
Megan Holloway, outpatient dietitian with Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South became the newest member of the exclusive Athena Leadership Award winners club. Texas Health Huguley sponsored the Athena award.
The chamber’s Power of Heels group, which focuses on empowering women in business, named Devohn Pugh with Your New Neighborhood as the Power of Heels Woman of the Year.
The Ambassador Team of the Year award went to Team 1, which included Nikki Skalsky with Keller Williams Reality, Melissa McCoy with Burleson NOW Magazine, Debbie Arney with American National Bank of Texas and Lori Moore.
Debbie Arney also won the Ambassador of the Year award and Ruth Moor with Regency Office and Promotional Products won the A Cut Above award.
Allison Bradham, chamber board chair for 2012-2013, received the Chairman’s Award from 2013-14 Chair Lisa Keese.
Chamber President Sheri Secrist and Jeff Dudley with Charter Business presented the STAR Small Business of the Year Awards to winners in three categories. The STAR awards recognize outstanding local small businesses that excel in financial stability, community involvment, employee practices, customer relations and entrepreneurship. Winners are chosen by third-party judges.