Lt. Jennifer Wright, the Chattanooga Housing Authority’s fraud investigations supervisor, has received the 2012 Liberty Bell Award presented by the Chattanooga Bar Association. Lt. Wright is the only law enforcement officer in the bar association’s history to receive the award, which is given to individuals “whose service to the community strengthens the American system of freedom under the law.”
Lt. Wright, who has worked for CHA since 2003, was recently presented the Liberty Bell Award at the Chattanooga Bar Association’s annual Law Day luncheon. “The way and manner in which Lt. Wright carries out her duties is an example not only to the citizens of the Chattanooga Housing Authority community, but to the other officers functioning in that environment. She must balance every day the tension between constitutional individual rights and the responsibilities of individuals to whom those rights are available,” according to officials with the local bar association.
A member of the newly created Chattanooga Area Gang Exchange, Lt. Wright also volunteers with Metropolitan Ministries and serves on the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she is the secretary of the corporation and clerk of the Vestry. She earned a master’s degree in public administration and public safety management from Walden University.
Bar association officials say Lt. Wright is the youngest recipient of the Liberty Bell Award, which her great-grandfather, Gordon P. Street Sr., also received in 1979. Lt. Wright is married and has two daughters.