A retirement event was held last Friday to honor two outgoing Audrain County Commissioners with a combined 40+ years of experience serving the county residents. Both Eastern District Commissioner Roger Young and Western District Commissioner Tom Groves were sworn into office in 1995 and are finishing their final terms at the end of this week.
Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs shared some fun facts about the first year the two took office. He noted that gas was $1.15 a gallon, the Nebraska Cornhuskers won the national title, and “Toy Story” was the No. 1 movie.
“We just want you to know how much we appreciate you,” Hobbs told the two commissioners in a packed Audrain County Courthouse basement full of colleagues, friends, and family.
The commissioners were presented with framed artwork featuring the Audrain County Courthouse recognizing them for their 22 years of service.
“This means an awful lot to me,” Groves said while showing some emotions.
He said “32 years was a long time in one place” as he also reflected on a decade of experience in the Audrain County Sheriff’s office.
“I’m not really retiring, I’m just moving on to a new area,” Young said.
His focus will be on his rentals and his farm.
“I’m going to miss this job,” Young said.
Young also noted that the two incoming commissioners, Tracy Graham and Alan Winders, will do a good job working for the county.
He also shared a long list of accomplishments from the 22 years Groves and Young served as commissioners. Some include the enhanced 9-1-1 system, building of a new jail, the SSM Healthy buy out of the local hospital, and more.