By Jane Ernsberger
Times-Junction News Editor
At the July 17 meeting of Willard City Council, Mayor Todd Shininger issued a proclamation honoring Willard City Law Director David Harwood on his retirement from that position, effective July 31.
In his proclamation, Shininger said Harwood has “faithfully and selflessly served the City of Willard for nearly 40 years.”
“Whereas, over the course of the years,” Shininger said as he read the proclamtion, “David has attended thousands of council and city-related meetings. He has demonstrated the highest example of character, ethics, morals and unselfish service, and,
“Whereas, Law Director Harwood has served as the wisdom-keeper, legal advisor and trusted confidant to many in this community, and,
“Whereas, David Harwood has earned the admiration of those with who he has come into contact and the affection of his fellow public servants who are proud to call him ‘friend,’ and,
“Whereas the City of Willard desires to offer special recognition for the dedication, compassion, leadership and effort demonstrated by Law Director Harwood through his many years of service, I extend, on behalf of the Willard community our heartfelt congratulations.”
Harwood said he was honored and pleased to have worked with the many members of councils and city managers who have led the city’s government.
“I cherish the memories that I have,” Harwood told members of city council. “It was a real challenge for the city and legal counsel, but what an opportunity. I hope nothing but the best and wish nothing but the best for the city.”
Each member of council expressed their heartfelt gratitude for his service as the city’s law director.