State Rep. Kathy Crawford earns national accolades as "Outstanding Public Official"

rec awardNOVI, MI – State Representative Kathy Crawford (R-Novi) has been named “Outstanding Public Official” by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) for 2016. NACPRO will honor Crawford at the organization’s annual conference on Sunday, July 24 in Long Beach, California. She was the only public official in the entire United States to win this prestigious award.

“Kathy is a tireless champion of recreation,” NACPRO officials said in a prepared statement. “She continues to support the park and recreation profession and the quality of life for the residents of Michigan.”

Crawford is well-known as a pioneer and trailblazer of programs and services for older adults. She was nominated for the national NACPRO award by Dan Stencil, Oakland County Parks and Recreation Director.

“Kathy Crawford is a dedicated advocate for parks, recreation and senior services,” Stencil said. “She has been a parks and recreation professional in the area of seniors and aging for more than 30 years, directing programming for more than 30 senior centers through the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, implementing the city of Novi's first senior center and serving as its first senior citizen director.”

Crawford represents the 38th District in the state House, which includes Novi, Novi Township, Lyon Township, South Lyon, Walled Lake and the Oakland County portion of the city of Northville. Crawford is a first-term State Representative, after serving her native city of Novi as an Oakland County Commissioner and as a Novi City Council Members from 2007-2014.

In 2014, Crawford was elected to her first two-year term as a State Representative for Michigan's 38th District where she continues to support parks and recreation. She recently supported a house bill providing funds for a new park in Novi. The grant will provide $385,000 for the acquisition of 10 acres for the new Novi Northwest Neighborhood Park.

In 2015, Crawford co-hosted a luncheon that connected parks and recreation officials with state legislators. The objective was to make critical connections together so state legislators could understand the impact of parks and recreation beyond their status on paper as a budget item.

Throughout her public and political careers, Crawford has garnered many honors.

The most recent are:
  • 2016: mParks (Michigan Recreation and Park Association) Elected Official of the Year.
  • 2015: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s one of six “Legislators to Watch.”
  • 2015: Inducted into the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Hall of Fame.


The National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials is a non-profit professional organization that advances official policies that promote county and regional park and recreation issues, while providing members with opportunities to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and enhance professional development. NACPRO is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Kathy is married to Hugh Crawford, an Oakland County Commissioner. They’ve been married for 51 years. They have three grown children, Doug, Amy and Kelly; and four grandchildren, Alexis, Devin, Mya and Amina. Kathy and Hugh were baptized and married at the Novi Methodist Church, now located on Beck just south of 10 Mile Road.