The final Aberdeen City Council meeting of the year saw the goodbyes of 4 people serving the city.
On Wednesday night Mayor Bill Simpson said his fond goodbyes to the city after 26 years of service, first as a city councilman for 18 years, and the final 8 serving as Mayor.
“It’s been fun. I’ve had an enjoyable time with everyone.” said Simpson, “You can’t keep everybody happy, and if I could I’d still be here, but that’s another story.”
Parks Director Karl Harris, stepping down at the 1st of the year, gave his farewell at the meeting as well.
“First of all, I need to thank Wes Peterson for hiring me back in 1984 as a fulltime employee. I learned a lot form Wes, and for that I’ll be forever grateful to him for giving me a chance. I would like to thank Mayor Wilson for hiring me as the Parks & recreation Director in 2003, and, to Mayors Voege and Simpson for not firing me.”
Also seeing their last time on the council were Doug Paling, who has served since 2000, and Jerry Mills, serving since 1992. Mills was honored not only from the city, but from Harris who presented Mills with his own official Parks & Recreation sweatshirt for his years serving on the Parks committee.
Following the comments from those officials not moving into 2016, 6 council members (4 returning and 2 new) as well as mayor-elect Erik Larson were sworn into their new positions.