When the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award was presented at Monday night’s city council meeting, council member Dennis Moore was caught by surprise.

“I was looking at the people (in attendance Monday) thinking about us giving out that award and wondering which person in there it would be,” Moore said. “I was just shocked; I didn’t expect to get that at all.”

Moore said a Citizen of the Year ballot was included with the water bill for each Glen Rose resident last month, and people had the option whether or not to fill it out. He’d heard his name come up on the matter, but didn’t think he was really a contender.

“A lady at my church had mentioned that she was going to vote for me, but I didn’t think I was seriously in the running,” he said. “It feels good to know that anyone would consider me for that, especially being on the city council. When you’re a politician and you’re making decisions, some people are happy and some people aren’t. That’s just part of it.”

The pastor at Grace Baptist Church of Glen Rose, Moore goes to Glen Rose Nursing Home every week where he has a ministry. He’s also on the board at his family cemetery – Nancy Smith Cemetery – but Moore said various church activities keep him filled with places to go and people to see.

“You take one responsibility and then it sort of snowballs,” he said. “I’ve got my plate full, that’s for sure. More than anything I enjoy my work at church; that’s my top priority.”

Moore was born in Cleburne and moved to Glen Rose at age five. His interest in Glen Rose was evident when he shared his opinion on what a Citizen of the Year should bring to the table.

“I think it should be for somebody that cares about the community and is involved,” he said. “I grew up here and I love (Glen Rose), so I want to try to make it a better place,” he said. “Lord willing, I plan to stay here the rest of my life.”

Although he thinks their votes may have been better served cast for someone else, Moore is thankful the support.

“I’m humbled by this and I appreciate everyone who voted,” he said. “I’m sure there are people out there a lot more deserving than me, because I see a lot of folks contributing around town.”

Moore hopes to see many deserving citizens in the years to come.

“For those who might get this honor in the future, I would just say be involved in the community and volunteer when you can,” he said.