Roanoke City Attorney William “Bill” M. Hackworth has been named the 2011 recipient of the Edward J. Finnegan Distinguished Service Award from the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc.
The statewide award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to local government or the LGA.
Hackworth was honored for his involvement in the Roanoke community, including his role in the city’s adoption of new zoning and subdivision codes. He also helped establish conservation easements around the Carvins Cove Reservoir, the Appalachian Trail and the site of Roanoke’s landmark “Star” on Mill Mountain.
During the city’s renovation of the historic Market Building, Hackworth helped navigate the complex contractual and financing issues surrounding the project. And with Hackworth’s guidance, the city’s public safety agencies were able to obtain accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation from Law Enforcement Agencies.
Hackworth has served as Roanoke’s city attorney since 1999. He was previously county attorney for York County and assistant city attorney for Roanoke.
The Finnegan award was established in 1991 and renamed two years later to honor the late Edward J. Finnegan, a one-time county attorney for Loudoun and an active member of the LGA.