The society “is the largest and most prominent professional association for the advancement of ethical practice of public administration,” according to a letter to Mayor Burchett from former Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret.
“Since 1984, ASPA has promoted a commitment to the highest standards of professional and ethical practice by public servants,” the letter states. “Chris was chosen above other nominees due to the high ethical standards and professionalism he maintains through his service to the citizens of Knox County.”
Jarret is immediate past-president of the chapter and will present the award. He is currently a lecturer in Political Science at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee.