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L-R: Attorney General Josh Stein Presents Dogwood Awards to Johnnie Carswell & Candace Burlingame
Photos courtesy of and Boone Police Dept.

Attorney General Presents Awards To Individuals In Western N.C.

Attorney General Josh Stein recently awarded the Attorney General’s Dogwood Award to seven people in western North Carolina. Each year, Attorney General Stein recognizes North Carolinians who help to make their communities safer, stronger, and healthier.

Recipients in western North Carolina include two individuals from this region. One of those people honored is Johnnie Carswell of the Burke County Board of Commissioners. Attorney General Stein said that Commissioner Carswell was a key leader in the work to ensure that the $750 million the office secured from the national opioid settlement actually gets to the people who need it most.

Stein also said Carswell’s leadership on this issue is going to help deliver more treatment and recovery resources for struggling North Carolinians. Commissioner Johnnie Carswell is vice chairman of the Burke County Board of Commissioners and president-elect of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.

In addition, Sgt. Candace Burlingame of the Boone Police Department was honored. The Attorney General said that Sergeant Burlingame oversees the Boone Police Department’s General Investigations Unit and has spent much of her career on sexual assault crimes. Stein also said that Burlingame is working hard to get kits tested and help survivors get the justice they deserve. Sgt. Candace Burlingame is a sergeant in the Boone Police Department’s General Investigations Unit.