Saint Paul Fire Chief Butch Inks was recently recognized as the First Responder of the Year by the Optimist Club of Saint Paul. Inks, who became chief last November, was recognized for his leadership during the Fire Department’s work with the Coronavirus pandemic and the civil unrest in Saint Paul following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd Williams of Merriam Park has published a book titled The Origin of Racism. A 2000 graduate of Highland Park High School, Williams is the owner and operator of Thought Healing, a purveyor of health products, apparel and accessories.

Senator Dick Cohen (District 64) was recently presented with the Joan and Walter Mondale Award for Public Service during the ninth annual Humphrey Mondale Dinner sponsored by the DFL Party. Cohen, who began serving in the state Senate in 1987 and previously served in the state House, is stepping down from office in January. He chaired the Senate Finance Committee and was known for his commitment to the arts. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Kevin Anderson of Merriam Park has published Organization Design Made Easy: Structure, Process and People. The how-to book is based on his experiences over the years as an organizational design consultant for corporations, nonprofits and cities. He holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Macalester College.


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