LANCASTER – At the recent African American Legislative Summit, Marcus E. Knight, mayor of the city of Lancaster, was recognized with the Outstanding Community Leader Award.

As a member of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, state Rep. Helen Giddings nominated Knight to receive the honor. Both Knight and council member Tennell Atkins of Dallas received the award as recognition of continued dedication and diligent work within their communities.

“I ultimately want people to recognize that my service is about helping others and making Lancaster a place that our residents can be proud of,” Knight said of his civic engagement and public service.

He also serves as president-elect for the Lancaster Rotary Club, chair-elect for the Best Southwest Partnership and president-elect for the Metroplex Mayor’s Association.

In addition to his community leadership, Knight volunteers as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and serves on various boards and commissions that have shaped and continue to influence the future of the city of Lancaster. Knight is also the chief operating officer for Knight Waste Services as well as a husband and father of three.

“The city of Lancaster congratulates Mayor Knight on this distinguished honor and celebrates his contributions to making Lancaster a proud, vibrant city its residents can be proud of,” a spokesman said.

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