Today was County Commission Chairman Don Lindly’s last county commission meeting. He’s retiring as of 5pm Friday, after which he plans to be at a golf course if it isn’t raining.
Lindly was a bit surprised at the creative way county staff bid him farewell, by donning party-masks-on-a-stick, holding them up to their faces and repeating, “I am Don Lindly,” to show how his public service over the past 21 years has affected their view of public service and that there will always be a part of Don in their lives. However, County Counsel Wayne Belmont added a moment of levity by adding…”If you really are Don Lindly then you wouldn’t be asking for more money because Don would say, no you can’t!”
Lindly thanked everyone for their show of affection and good wishes, adding “it’s been a good run for me. It’s been a rewarding life of public service, working with great people, local, state and federal, including many volunteers. I’ll miss you all. I know I’m leaving the Lincoln County in good hands.”
Lindly said he has been working with great colleagues, and even though they had their disagreements, they disagreed without being disagreeable, always willing to see each others position while staying true to what they believe is best for Lincoln County. Lindly said they’ve been good role models and its reflected in the character of the county’s work force.
In a resolution introduced by Commissioner Bill Hall it was noted that Don Lindly is the longest serving county commissioner in the history of the county. That Don Lindly has served with distinction that honors the office of county commissioner. That Don Lindly has promoted an organizational culture of cooperation, commitment and trust within the commission and throughout all of county government. The resolution notes Lindly’s contribution to Lincoln County by serving on many state and regional boards and committees, always giving Lincoln County a strong voice on important regional and statewide challenges.
At the end, the resolution states that from here on, Don Lindly’s retirement date of June 1st, will forever be Don Lindly Day in Lincoln County. Lindly quipped…”I’ve never had anything named after me except for that leachate pump at the county landfill. And there was never a sign made for it,” to which Public Works Director Jim Buisman spoke up from the back of the room, “Uhhh, you’re right Don. I’ll get right on it” and the crowd broke into clapping and loud laughter.
Lindly said he and his wife had been talking for some time about retiring but never could set a date. But they finally did, and June 1st is his last day of work and Saturday their first day of retirement. So, it’s off to golf, touring the country and visiting family and especially their grandchildren.