MORGANTOWN — Ron Hickman was recently awarded for his work as assessor for Mason County by the West Virginia County Assessor’s organization.
He received the Special Service Award, which is only one of two awards given out by the organization.
“It was an honor to be selected by my fellow assessors for the award,” said Hickman, humble about the award.
It is the only award from the Assessors Association that is voted on by peers.
The meeting took place in Morgantown, West Virginia on May 24 as a way to discuss regulations and business for the association. At the meeting, Hickman was awarded for his special service as Mason County Assessor, as well as another recipient of the Ralph C. Boyles Memorial award.
Hickman began working in the assessors office July 1, 1987 under Buck Sturgeon. He was elected to the position in 1996, taking office in 1997, where he has remained since.
Hickman is the son of the late William and Ollie Hickman of Spencer, and the father of the late Leah Nicole Hickman. He graduated from Spencer High school in 1972; from WVU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business in 1976, and with a Masters of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1978; Phi Beta Kappa graduate. A member of the Point Pleasant Lions Club, he was elected charter president and has held various offices.
A member of the Point Pleasant Camp of the Gideons, he’s held offices of president, vice president, chaplain, treasurer, camp secretary. A member of Grace Baptist Church, Hickman has served as Sunday School teacher, member of the choir, usher and as a van driver. Hickman is also an honorary Kentucky Colonel.
In Mason County, the assessor’s office evaluates business, personal property, and real estate for tax purposes.