The Knox County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2020 recipient of the Public Servant of the Year is Dr. Alan Stewart. The Public Servant of the Year award recognizes those who protect the wellness of the community by going beyond what is expected of them. This person may be referred to as a hero that has demonstrated a heroic act which has an impact on this community or an individual. They may be considered a hero in their line of work as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, EMT or any other professional that works for the immediate well-being of the citizens of Knox County. Through his leadership, Dr. Alan Stewart demonstrates his expertise as the director of Community Health Department and as the Public Health officer with dedication, professionalism, and accountability. Jamie Neal, President of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce states “His willingness to serve his fellow citizens exemplifies his commitment and dedication as a public servant. This is even more evident based on the direction and advice he has given our community during our the current COVID-19 pandemic. Knox County is fortunate to have someone of his caliber serving our community.” Dr. Stewart will be recognized on Friday, June 19, 2020 at noon through a virtual Facebook event on the Knox County Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page.
About Dr. Alan Stewart: Dr. Alan Stewart has dedicated his life to serving the citizens of Knox County. He began his service to Knox County in 1976 when he began his own private practice in Vincennes. Stewart graduated from Wittenberg University with his Bachelors in Biology, and then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Medicine in 1973. He is a certified medical doctor in Indiana. He has served as the Director of Medical Education at Good Samaritan since 1978. Stewart also currently serves as the Physician for the Vincennes Community School Corporation, is Director of Community Heath Department, is a volunteer physician for the local Life After Meth program, and has served as the Knox County Public Health Officer since 2019. During his career, he has been recognized with various honors and awards. In 2006 and 2010, Alan was recognized as the Medical Provider of the Year. In 2008, he was awarded the Vincennes Civitan Citizen of the Year Award. Stewart is also recognized as an Eagle Scout. Dr. Stewart is also a Hope's Voice board member. He has given his time and talents to the organization since 2015. He is also a member of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Vincennes.