Premier Citizens exemplify residents who go above and beyond to enhance our community. They are citizens who further the progress of the tri-states through their time, talent, and dedication.

This quarter's Premier Citizen of the Tri-States is Paul Hemmer.

Paul Hemmer enjoyed a 50 year career in broadcasting that included 34 years as the morning host on WDBQ. In January of 2010 he retired from broadcasting and three months later became Executive Director of the Grand Opera House. Paul came to the Grand during a time of need, and through excellent leadership, was able to financially stabilize and revitalize the theater as a whole. The quality of performances is perhaps the best the Grand has seen. Paul has brought vitality and excitement back to theater in Dubuque.

During his broadcast career he also led a 10 piece swing band that performed ballrooms, clubs and parties in a 200 mile radius of Dubuque. He's written and produced four original musical comedies, scored more than 70 orchestrations for pops concerts by the Dubuque Symphony and a half dozen other orchestras, and operated a jazz club, "Duke's Place" for three years.

He's held leadership positions in many Dubuque organizations including Salvation Army, Rotary Club, Dubuque Musicians Association, Dubuque Arts Council and the Chamber Ambassadors. In 1976 he became the youngest person to be named First Citizen by the Telegraph Herald. Paul has been happily married to Jan for 42 years and has two married children and one grandchild. Premier Bank is proud to donate $500 in Paul's name to the Grand Opera House.