SORTA awards Royal Coachman Award to William Mallory Sr.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - SORTA has awarded the Royal Coachman Award to William Mallory Sr. after his six years of service on the board.

Mallory served as vice chair from Jan. 2008 to Dec. 2010.

"William Mallory is a true leader, and I have been honored to serve with him on the SORTA board," said Sean Rugless, SORTA's chairman. "Mr. Mallory's contributions to public transportation have been far reaching."

Prior to his retirement, Mallory served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for 28 years. He was the first African-American majority floor leader and the first African-American to preside over a season as speaker of the House.

In recent years, he has founded the Mallory Center for Community Development and received an award from the Department of Aging. He serves on the Ohio Elections Commission and the board for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

Mallory played a major role in the creation of Metro, by serving as co-chairman of the Citizen's Transportation Committee.