Bay Village citizen, project of the year honored

Mayor Debbie Sutherland, center, presented proclamations to Nancy Heaton, executive director of BAYarts, and Lt. Jeff Hartz, a Bay Village auxiliary police officer during a Feb. 28 ceremony. Photo by Denny Wendell

The Bay Village Community Council held a reception Feb. 28 at BAYarts to recognize this year’s Citizen of the Year, Lt. Jeff Hartz of the Bay Village Auxiliary Police Department, and Project of the Year, the new BAYarts ceramics studio. Mayor Debbie Sutherland presented proclamations to Hartz and Nancy Heaton, BAYarts’ executive director.

Hartz humbly accepted the honor on behalf of the entire auxiliary crew. “This award is not about me. This award is about all of the members of the Bay Village auxiliary police, who all give freely of their time when the police need it most.” BVPD Chief Mark Spaetzel seconded Hartz’s comments, but added a personal commendation: “If I need something done, I can always go to Jeff. He makes it happen. ... Jeff has earned this award many times over.”

The honor is the “latest jewel in the crown” for BAYarts, Mayor Sutherland said, praising the organization as “a driver of both arts & culture and employment” in the city. “What we do – more than art, more than anything – we feel our job is community,” Heaton said.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.01.2016