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Huizenga, Wells Say Goodbye to Covington City Hall

The Covington city commission met for the final time in 2018 on Tuesday night, marking the last meeting for commissioners Jordan Huizenga and Bill Wells.

Huizenga was the Republican nominee for state representative in House District 65 and lost to Democrat Buddy Wheatley.

Wells was defeated in his bid for a third term on the city commission.

Both were presented with proclamations and gifts, along with words of praise from the rest of the city commission at City Hall on Tuesday.

"It has truly been a pleasure to serve with you all," HUizenga said, noting his service alongside two commissions, two city managers, and city staff. "It's been an absolute honor to work with some outstandingly talented, passionate, intelligent, humble people.

"I think as elected officials we often are external-facing and very often have a lot of the public interaction and certainly the names on resolutions and votes and in the papers with quotes, and I recognize and believe it is our talented city staff that does this work day in and day out, and doesn't get thanked often enough."

Wells similarly thanked city staff.

"Someone once said, to be successful you surround yourself with good quality people, give them the tools, and get the hell out of the way," Wells said. "I think that's what we've done."

"Jordan and Bill have done their utmost to move the City forward," Mayor Joe Meyer said from the floor. "They've been true champions of Covington."
 
To thank Huizenga and Wells for their service, the Commission read and passed resolutions of gratitude tailored to each Commissioner.
 
"Commissioner Huizenga has stood up for children and youth, encouraged city government to find creative ways to 'do more with less,' and helped to shepherd the City through tough decisions while still creating new energy in the northern urban core," reads one resolution in part.
 
Reads the other, also in part: "Commissioner Wells has proved that he is a champion for the City's neighborhoods, especially South Covington and Latonia, and has proven a strong voice for fire and police services, fiscal responsibility and transparency, and efficient management of the City's fleet."
 
The resolutions also thanked the pair for giving so much time and energy to organizations, initiatives and volunteer efforts outside their elective office but still aimed at making the City a better place.
 
The two Commissioners were each given framed copies of their resolutions and scroll saw-cut wood depictions of the Roebling Suspension Bridge from Grainwell boutique market on Pike Street.
 
The new city commission will be sworn in at a ceremony on Friday, January 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carnegie. Commissioners Tim Downing and Michelle Williams, who were re-elected, will be joined by newly elected commissioners Shannon Smith, an attorney, and former mayor Denny Bowman. Mayor Joe Meyer was not up for re-election in 2018.
 
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
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