CLINTON — Several city officials gathered Thursday to honor and bid farewell to four council members who will soon vacate their seats on the Clinton City Council.
Friendly exchanges came from council members Jennifer Graf, Charlie Mullholland, Bev Hermann and Maggie Klaes as dozens of city department heads and officials arrived to visit with them and celebrate their final days as city leaders.
During a short speech, Mayor Mark Vulich thanked the four council members for their dedication to the city of Clinton and honored them with certificates for their service.
“We’re here today to offer a little token of appreciation to your service to the city and City Council,” Vulich said. “I know it’s a difficult job, I think all of us know that you can never please everyone, but I have to commend you on the fact that you stepped forward.”
Others in attendance on Thursday offered their compliments to the work of the members who are leaving the council and expressed how much they will be missed.
Clinton city clerk Pat Van Loo has worked with all the members of the council for the last four years and said that she will miss working with them in the future.
“The last four years have been great. I’m going to miss these guys,” said Van Loo, adding that although they are leaving the council, they will still be a part of several small committees in the city. “It’s not really a total goodbye; more like a transition.”
The council members will vacate their seats on the council on Jan. 2 when four new council members will be sworn in.
As Thursday’s reception came to an end, the four council members expressed their thanks to the supporters in attendance and all that have backed them in their political ventures with the city.
“Thank you to all of the citizens of Clinton, especially the first ward,” Klaes said. “It’s been a pleasure to be able to work for you and it was an honor.”