Seven members of the Adams County Board received a send off Tuesday at their last regular County Board meeting. Seven new members will be sworn in during a County Board organization meeting Dec. 3.
Each outgoing member received a plaque honoring them for their service.
County Board members Steve Schutte, D-2, and Joe Holtschlag, D-2, lost re-election bids last week, while County Board member Kevin Rankin, R-3, lost his bid for re-election in the March primary.
County Board member Joe Wand, R-4, who did not seek re-election, has been on the board since 2010, and County Board member Nick Peter, D-1, who joined the board in 2009 also did not seek re-election. County Board members John Johnson, R-4, and Bob Scott, R-7, have 20 years of service on the board. Both did not seek re-election.
“Twenty years kind of flew by fast,” Johnson said. “I guess I didn’t know I was going to be here this long, but here I am.”
Chairman Mike McLaughlin, R-4, also oversaw his last meeting as chairman — a position he has held for 16 years.
“I look forward to taking a backseat,” he said. “I’ve certainly enjoyed it. I thank everyone for the opportunity you have given me. We haven’t always agreed … but that’s what we’re here for is to solve problems and come up with the right solutions for the betterment of Adams County.”
A new chairman will be selected during the County Board’s reorganization meeting.