On Nov. 20 at high noon, I will be leaving public office. I leave with no long-term salary check or health care package. I leave after 20 years of service, with 16 years as an elected township trustee.
I hope that I am leaving a better place than what I found at the start of my journey.
I say to the new Township Board: Do your very best. The saying that I have always used is this: "It's nice to be important, but it's important to be nice."
We have had a great run and, with the help of many, developed great things, beautiful parks, cemeteries, bike paths, a full-time manned 24/7 fire-rescue station, Harbor Transit — all this while trying to keep taxes low.
As I move on toward retirement, I say to the residents: Become involved in your community. It may seem like a big job, but with many hands the work is easy.
In closing, thank you Grand Haven Charter Township residents for allowing me to serve you.
Grand Haven Township trustee