A celebration honoring the service and accomplishments of LaFaye Dellinger was held last Tuesday night at the Smiths Station Government Center.
Taking place before the council’s regular bi-monthly meeting, the event featured fellowship, refreshments and the unveiling of a commissioned portrait of Dellinger by local artist Sarah West, which will become a permanent fixture in the council chambers. Dellinger was a key figure on the Smiths Unity Campaign for Incorporation, a movement to incorporate Smiths Station. That group saw their work come to fruition on June 22, 2001, when the city was officially incorporated. Later that year, Dellinger was asked to run for mayor and did, defeating two other candidates to become the first-ever mayor of Smiths Station. During her 15-year tenure, Dellinger is credited with several major accomplishments, including the construction of the Smiths Station Sports Complex, formation of the planning and zoning board commissions and purchase of the structure that later became the Smiths Station Government Center.
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