On March 12, Edgewood Police Chief Ed Knutson was awarded the Dr. Donald H. Mott Distinguished Servant Award by the Mountain View Community Center. This award is presented to a board or community member or group that provides distinguished philanthropy, leadership and/or service while advancing the mission and vision of Mountain View Community Center.
The award was presented on March 12 by Congressman Denny Heck during the Hope Benefit Auction. The award came as a complete surprise to Knutson.
“I’m very honored, humbled and surprised. I did not know this was going to me,” Knutson said.
Knutson was one of the original members of the MVCC Board when it was established seven years ago, and remains active today. In addition to his duties as Edgewood police chief, Knutson is a vital part of community events such as the annual Back to School BBQ and Health Fair, Christmas celebration and the Kilometers for Kids Fun Run.
The award puts Knutson in the same league as Dr. Donald Mott, an instrumental member of the Mountain View Community Center and former chief medical officer at Good Samaritan Hospital, and also the same league as Barney Wagner, owner of Arrow Lumber & Hardware – two individuals that have been instrumental in the development of Edgewood, including the construction of the community center.
“It’s pretty amazing what those two men do. Dr. Mott is such a vital part of our community. He has a building named after him at Good Samaritan,” Knutson said, “and Barney donates turkeys to food banks in the areas. Those two men on this plaque makes it very difficult for me to have my name on it. I’ll tell ya, they set the bar really high on that plaque.”
Though having his name mentioned in the same regard as Mott and Wagner came as a surprise to Knutson, other community members found the choice a great fit.
“Ed is an outstanding community servant. He fits the description of the award perfectly,” said Ken Edmonds, outgoing chair of the MVCC Board of Directors.
Knutson has been police chief for the past nine years, and the city couldn’t be happier.
“Chief Knutson is one of the most professional, organized yet compassionate people that I have had the pleasure to know,” said City of Edgewood Mayor Daryl Eidinger at the Hope Benefit Auction.
Mott was present when the award was given, and was also pleased with a choice that truly represents one of the best the community has to offer.
“He was on the original organizing board and has been supporter of all the fundraising efforts. In fact, I could easily see this award being named after Chief Ed,” Mott said.
“Sometimes you look at the nominees for these things and you have a hard decision to make. This year was easy. Chief Ed has been such an integral part of the Center right from the start,” said Mike Wilson, executive director of Mountain View Community Center.