Outgoing councilman Kenneth Morris has been recognized with the 2018 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award for public service and volunteerism.
Morris received the award in the BD® Paterson NJ Patriot category which honors an individual for advancing the standard and quality of life in the City of Paterson. He is among 22 Jefferson Awards recipients in the state.
“It is an honor to be recognized by our great State, and I’m truly humbled to receive this prestigious award,” said Morris, who departs from the City Council on Jun. 30 after 16 years of holding public office, in a statement. “I remain committed to serving the City of Paterson and helping to improve the lives of so many in our community. It brings me great joy to be able to make a difference.”
Morris was presented the award during a ceremony at the War Memorial in Trenton on Jun. 2. For the past 26 years, he has impacted education, arts, health care, housing, youth, and justice in his community.
Over the years, Morris has been involved with the Paterson Education Fund, the Paterson YMCA, the Cultural and Heritage Council, the Teen Arts Festival, the Workforce Investment Board, the Juvenile Justice Committee, and the Fine Arts Committee of the Paterson Library.
He works as the vice president of external affairs at St. Joseph’s Health.
“Ken Morris is guided by a moral compass that puts the needs of Paterson residents first,” said Kevin Slavin, president and chief executive officer at St. Joseph’s Health. “We are proud to have him as a part of the St. Joseph’s Family and commend him on this wonderful accomplishment.”
The Jefferson Awards was created in 1972. There are local and national honorees. These awards are among the highest honors in the U.S. for public service and volunteerism.