|Mentoring Plus to honor Newport city manager Tom Fromme on Mar. 20|
Tom Fromme, a lifelong Newport resident who as city manager, police chief and a police officer has spent his career improving the lives of the people of his hometown, will be recognized for his dedication to the community when he receives the Seeds of Hope award March 20. The award will be presented to Fromme by Mentoring Plus, a non-profit organization in Newport.
Mentoring Plus is a non-profit organization that provides a life coach or mentor to the highest at-risk teens in Northern Kentucky. The Mentoring Plus mission is to empower disadvantaged youth and their families to reach their potential and contribute to the community by forming relationships based on mutual trust, compassion and respect.
Each year the organization hosts the Seeds of Hope fundraiser, honoring someone who has made a major contribution to the lives of youth and families in our region. This year, Fromme will be recognized for planting those “seeds of hope” in the community.
Past Seeds of Hope Award winners include;
2011 David Hosea (Hosea House “soup kitchen”)
2012 Judi Gerding (The Point/Redwood School)
2013 Sr. Jean Marie Hoffman(D.C. Children Home)
2014 Steve Stevens (N.K. Chamber of Commerce)
2015 Rev. Bill Neuroth (Brighton Center)
2016 Mary Bunning (Boys and Girls Clubs)
2017 Fred & Betty Jo Haas (Youth Haven)
2018 Dick Maile (M+, Youth Build, Jail ministry)
2019 Jack Moreland (Southbank Partners)
Fromme is a graduate of Newport High School, Eastern Kentucky University and Northern Kentucky University. He is also a graduate from the FBI National Academy. He was honored as a distinguished alumni by the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Northern Kentucky University. Fromme is a member of the Newport High School Hall of Distinguished Alumni, and is a major supporter of Newport Schools to this day.
He has served with the City of Newport since 1980, when he began his career as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks to become chief of police in 1991. He served in that capacity until 2006, making him the longest serving chief in Newport’s history.
In 2006, he was named city manager and continues to serve in that capacity, making him the longest serving city manager. He has served on numerous Boards, including the Boys and Girls Club and Brighton Center, and is currently the President of the Newport Foundation and a member of the Newport - Southbank Bridge Company Board. Throughout his career he has served on a variety of other boards.
Fromme has also served as a panelist for many discussion groups, covering numerous topics from economic development to government affairs. He and his wife, Terry, have been generous donors of both time and money to many charitable organizations.
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