J. Stannard Baker Award For Highway Safety
2016 J. Stannard Baker Award For Highway Safety
Sheriff Clint Strum
Grundy County, Tennessee
This lifetime achievement award recognizes a sheriff or deputy sheriff’s work and outstanding contributions to traffic safety. The award is sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, and the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Traffic Safety Committee. Recognizing Traffic Safety as a conduit to curb deaths and injuries on our nation’s roadways but also as a means to curb other crimes in our communities, the award recognizes unusual initiative and imagination in developing and promulgating traffic safety programs.
With twenty seven years in traffic safety and law enforcement, Sheriff Shrum began his law enforcement career in 1990 with the Tracy City Police Department and continued with the Winchester Police Department during which he served as the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. His work on the Click It or Ticket campaign, the development of the first child passenger safety and DUI enforcement programs were exemplary during these years. In 2006, Shrum worked with the Cumberland Region Law Enforcement Liaison, coordinating 28 counties and 85 different agencies and oversaw the ARIDE program specifically, training over 1,000 law enforcement personnel and a 29% decrease in fatalities. When he was elected Sheriff in 2014, Sheriff Shrum immediately partnered with his surrounding police departments of Monteagle and Tracy City, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and all first responders. He adopted the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Safety, linking traffic and other crime area nexuses, certified all of his road deputies in SFST, Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and one Drug Recognition Expert. Sheriff Shrum increased seat belt compliance to 73% under his short tenure as sheriff.
“Sheriff Shrum took over (the sheriff’s office) in September 1, 2014 and started right away by implementing radar in patrol unit to help slow down traffic on Grundy County roadways. The sheriff’s office participated in…Booze it Lose It, Click It or Ticket, DUI Enforcement and encouraged deputies to focus on traffic enforcement and reducing traffic crashes. In 2014, Grundy County finished with 10 fatalities…in 2015, Grundy County finished with 0 fatalities. This was the first time in 20+ years that this has happened in Grundy County.” – Chief Deputy Tony Bean
Clint is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and holds his degree in Theology and Criminal Justice Administration. Additionally, he holds a number of instructorships including that of Drug Recognition Expert. He is a five time national winner of the National Law Enforcement Challenge for excellence in Traffic Safety. Sheriff Shrum is an active community member, serving as the associate pastor of the Living Water Church, serving Team Honduras in humanitarian work, and is married to his wife of 20 years, Eileen and has a 13 year old daughter, Hannah.
The Mission of the Grundy County Sheriff's Office is to lawfully and ethically carry out the duties mandated by the State of Tennessee while protecting the rights of all citizens as provided by the State Constitution and the United States Constitution. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office will maintain social order and provide professional law enforcement services to citizens in the community, within prescribed ethical, budgetary, and constitutional constraints. This agency strives to enforce the law and maintain order in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing the need for justice, and consistent appearance of justice. The Sheriff recognizes that no law enforcement agency can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves. This agency actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce and limit the opportunities for crime and to assist in bringing to justice those that break the law.
The deadline for submitting to the 2017 J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety is May 1, 2018. To submit your application, click here. If you have submitted in the past, please consider submitting again!
Sponsored by NHTSA, and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
Categories and Criteria
Presentation of Awards
Qualifications and Rules
Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2018 to:
For more information, contact Ed Hutchison at 800-424-7827 ext 326.
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J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety Winners
2016 Sheriff Clint Strum, Grundy County, TN
2015 Sheriff (ret) F.W. (Wakie) Howard, Jr., New Kent County, VA
2014 Sheriff George T. Maier, Stark County, OH
2013 Sheriff Dennis J. Conard, Scott County IA
Mrs. Joanne E. Thomka, Director, National Traffic Law Center
2012 Sheriff Charles Jett, Stafford County, VA
2011 Sheriff Dwight E. Radcliff, Pickaway County, OH
2010 Sheriff John Whetsel, Oklahoma County, OK
2009 Sergeant Chris Gonzalez, Collier County, FL
2008 Sergeant Joseph T. VanSeeters, Harford County, MD
2007 Captain Chris Looney, Franklin County, GA
2006 Sergeant Lee Scott Bailey, New Kent County, VA
2005 Sergeant Larry Savedge, Osceola County, FL
2004 Sergeant John F. D'Eredita, Onondaga County, NY
2003 Captain Todd Diaz, Lafourche Parish, LA
2002 Master Deputy William T. Belvin, Rowan County, NC
2001 Major Wayne Hannah, Fayette County, GA
2000 Sergeant David Hadley, Multnomah County, OR
1999 Captain John Diehl, Deschutes County, OR
1998 Deputy Michael S. Leary, Salt Lake County, UT
1997 Sergeant Carl R. Booth, Franklin County, OH
1996 Sergeant Kathleen Fossa, Pasco County, FL
1995 Corporal Norman “Butch” Whitaker, Ouachita Parish, LA
1994 Sergeant Yvonne Schull, Orange County, CA
1993 Lieutenant Randy Garrett, Clarendon County SC
1992 Sheriff James R. Metts, Lexington County, SC
1991 Sheriff Henry C. Zavislak, Jackson County, MI
1990 No Award Given
1989 No Award Given
1988 Sheriff George Hendle and Mr. George B. Corson, McHenry County, IL
1987 No Award Given
1986 Sheriff James Black, Larimer County, CO
1985 Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown, Greenville County, SC