Mayor Bill Young, Municipal Association president, Mayor Doug Echols and wife
Mayor Bill Young, Municipal Association president, Mayor Doug Echols and wife
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The long-time mayor of the City of Rock Hill received the organization's highest honor awarded to municipal officials at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Annual Meeting.

Mayor Bill Young, president of the Association's board of directors, presented the Allison Farlow award to Mayor Doug Echols at the Annual Meeting's opening session. The Allison Farlow award is named in honor of a former Myrtle Beach councilmember who exhibited exemplary service. It is presented to municipal officials who have contributed significantly to the advancement of municipal government in South Carolina.

Echols has been mayor of Rock Hill since 1998 and was a councilmember for two terms before becoming mayor. Echols is past president of the Municipal Association. He is a founding member and past president of the Association of SC Mayors, an affiliate of the Municipal Association. He served as a board member of the National League of Cities and chair of the Southern Municipal Conference.

While mayor of Rock Hill, Echols has been instrumental in the city's sports tourism industry boom with the addition of the world-renowned Giordana Velodrome and the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track. Children have always been his priority, so Echols initiated Rock Hill's Commission for Children and Youth. He also created the Mayor's Task Force for Greenways, Trails and Sidewalks and the city's long-range citizen based planning group.