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Nominations Sought for 2015 Outstanding Citizens

The Citizen of the Year program is sponsored by the Renton Chamber of CommerceRotary Club of Renton and the City of Renton. The program was initially established by the Renton Elks Club in 1969. The mission of the program is to formally recognize the contributions made by individuals who help to nurture the soul and sense of community in Renton through their selfless acts of generosity and volunteerism.

Do you know someone who promotes and supports Renton? Someone who is dedicated to making the Renton community a great place to live, work, play and learn? Persons who exemplify the traits of an Outstanding Citizen have served Renton beyond the call of duty; demonstrated character, commitment, and community service.  Nominate that special person for consideration.  Nomination Form  (pdf)  or Online Nomination Form.

2015 Citizen of the Year Jay Leviton has served Renton students and families for over 30 years as an educator and leader. Currently the Executive Director of Career and Technical Education and Community Partnerships in the Renton School District, Jay has served in many positions connected to education, among them as an educator at Renton Vocational Technical Institute when it was part of the Renton School District; a principal at Sartori Educator Center and Black River Alternative High School; and as a consultant with the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jay has been an ambassador for advancing vocational-technical education and he has served on local, state and national boards in order to impact the quality of education. Beyond his educational impact, Jay has also served state and local service organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts of America, Special Olympics and the Renton Chamber of Commerce.

Past Citizen of the Year recipients are:

  • 1969 - Rosalee Evans
  • 1970 - Glen Gianini
  • 1971 - Aldo Scappini
  • 1973 - Floyd Lawrence
  • 1976 - Paul Houser
  • 1977 - Ethel Telban
  • 1978 - June Leonard
  • 1979 - Charles Delaurenti
  • 1980 - Ernie Tonda
  • 1981 - Joan Walker
  • 1982 - Lila Allen
  • 1983 - Sally Hartsock
  • 1984 - Char Baker
  • 1985 - Toni Nelson
  • 1986 - Ken Hoben
  • 1987 - Pat Newbury
  • 1988 - Don Persson
  • 1989 - Margaret Anderson
  • 1990 - Susan Ringwood
  • 1991 - Pearl Reid
  • 1992 - Bea Mathewson
  • 1993 - Don Jacobson
  • 1995 - Dixon Long
  • 1996 - Denny Dochnahl
  • 1997 - Ted Rodriguez
  • 1998 - Gary Kohlwes & Charlie McGarrigle
  • 1999 - King Parker
  • 2000 - Betty Nokes
  • 2001 - Doug Kyes
  • 2002 - Keith Renfrew
  • 2003 - Diane Dobson-Rebar
  • 2004 - Marcie Maxwell
  • 2005 - Al Talley
  • 2006 - Bob McBeth
  • 2007 - Kirby Unti
  • 2008 - Norma Cugini
  • 2009 - Jim Medzegian
  • 2010 - Dr. Bob Thompson
  • 2011 - Norm and Carol Abrahamson
  • 2012 - Norma and Kevin McQuiller
  • 2013 - Jim Sullivan
  • 2014 - Raymond Kusumi
  • 2015 - Jay Leviton