After 22 years, retiring Springfield trustee Bruce Killian attended his last meeting. Calling his time of a service a "great experience" he admitted he'll miss the work, but looks forward to a new chapter.
He thanked the residents for allowing him to serve and praised his wife, Mary Ann for her support.
She was there, Killian said, through all "the times I have not been home and all the times she got the phone call before I did and sat listening while she was getting yelled at. The person always had calmed down by the time I got home and (I) called them back."
Killian also made it a point to thank the employees of the township that work diligently to make Springfield a safe community in which to live.
"What we do up here – nothing happens without our employees and all the volunteers," Killian said.
Trustee Deborah Davis said she will miss Killian.
"He has been a big help to me over the years," Davis said. "He has shared his experience."
"Bruce has always good to me," Police Chief John Smith said. "It is not a full-time job, but Bruce is here all the time. He helped me a lot. All that knowledge is hard to lose and I just want to thank him."
Young said Killian has a lot of positive qualities and, even when they disagreed, he knew Killian had the community's best interest at heart. Trustees "always arrived at decisions that were in the best interest of the community."