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Clark County

December 20, 2012

Outgoing Clark County Commissioners say farewell

County highway superintendent tenders resignation

JEFFERSONVILLE — The last Clark County Commissioners’ meeting of the year was also the last in the tenures of Commissioners Ed Meyer and Les Young.

While Young declined to make a speech, Meyer read his farewell from a two-page prepared statement in which he expressed his thanks to county attorneys and highlighted what he felt were important priorities for the incoming commissioners. Commissioners-Elect Rick Stephenson and Jack Coffman were in attendance to hear Meyer’s speech.

“It has been my pleasure to serve the entire county,” Meyer said. “My priority was always to make decisions that would grow Clark County and provide a place that we all felt safe and where we would want to raise families, work and enjoy the benefits of our great county.”

Meyer warned that state and federal funding opportunities “must be explored at all times” to ensure that the county’s roads and bridges are maintained.

Meyer touted the county’s successes during his time in office, including the construction and renovation of county roads, running surpluses with a tight budget and the establishment of an agreement with the city of Jeffersonville to fund the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter.

“I have identified one major source of revenue that the new commissioners and council must review,” Meyer said. “That is the agreement of sharing the revenue of building permits at River Ridge between Clark County, Charlestown, Utica and Jeffersonville. This agreement will help the general fund budget immensely.”

Commissioner John Perkins took the opportunity to thank his colleagues for their service.

“We’ve always been able to come to a consensus of opinion. Even when we did have disagreements, it was gentlemanly,” Perkins said. “I’ve enjoyed it. You both have done a great service to Clark County in the years that you have served, and I certainly have enjoyed being on the board with you.”

Although County Attorney Greg Fifer’s future with the board is uncertain, Perkins thanked him for his service all the same.

“Greg’s always done a good job for whatever board he’s represented,” Perkins said. “His integrity is beyond reproach. His ethics are of the highest standard, and his abilities are the best of all the attorneys I’ve ever dealt with in Clark County.”

“When I started this job in 2009, it was pretty amazing that a Republican who lives in Floyd County could get a job working for three Democratic commissioners in Clark County,” Fifer said. “I appreciate the opportunity, and it certainly became an interesting job about six months into it. I thought it would be a nice, quiet little job, and then I found out we were broke and we had the tornado, so it’s been a busy four years.”

County Council member Kevin Vissing told the departing commissioners they would be missed, and urged the new commissioners to retain Fifer and County Highway Superintendent Jim Ross in their current roles. But just a few minutes later, Ross tendered his resignation, effective Dec. 31.

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