The Grand Marshal for the 2016 Arkalalah Big Parade is local attorney Otis Morrow.
Morrow has practiced law in Arkansas City for 44 years, after graduating from Washburn University in Topeka.
He served as city attorney for the City of Arkansas City for more than 25 years and currently is the legal counsel for South Central Kansas Medical Center.
Morrow also currently assists the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation with its philanthropic efforts and is a part of its board.
Earlier this year, Morrow was honored at a Kansas Bar Association awards ceremony. He was one of 28 acknowledged during an annual luncheon in June.
Morrow was recognized with a Professionalism Award, which is given to an attorney who has practiced law for more than 10 years and has, by his or her conduct, shown the highest standards of the legal profession through honesty, integrity, and courtesy.
Morrow was inducted in 2013 into the Business Hall of Fame at Southwestern College in Winfield.
In the early 1980s, he drafted the legislation separating the city and Arkansas City Memorial Hospital. Since that separation, he not only has provided legal counsel to the medical center, but also served as a member of the Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys Board of Directors and as its president in 1987.
Morrow served as senior vice president and senior trust officer at Home National Bank from January 2005 until his retirement from the bank in February 2013.
He is a member of the Rotary Club, serving as past president in 1985, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Morrow provided pro bono legal services in obtaining certification for the Arkansas City Rotary Foundation, earmarked for local community betterment, and also works pro bono for many organizations, including Ark City Habitat for Humanity and the Etzanoa Conservancy, Inc.
He is an active member and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Ark City, and recently celebrated 46 years of marriage with his wife, Terri.
The couple received the Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award from Cowley College this year for their achievements in their chosen professions and their service to the community.