It's a bittersweet end this fall, to four years of a great run as Mayor.
That's the sentiment from Shelburne Mayor Ken Bennington, who yesterday on Facebook declared he was withdrawing his nomination papers in another run for Mayor this October.
Bennington says after some much needed vacation time and reflecting with family, he's decided to hang up his public servant hat.
But it wasn't an easy decision.
Bennington says he was just a guy, who wanted to make his home community a great place.
He calls the Town of Shelburne "a precious jewel" that the community should "hold tight and keep it well" - and he says he truly believes that.
As someone who grew up in the town, he's thankful he's been able to serve as Mayor since taking over from Ed Crewson back in 2014.
Bennington says he plans on retiring from his current career in the near future, and has plans to start a new exciting one, but will likely make an announcement on that in the fall.
Nominations for the position are still open until July 27th.
He is still in the mayor's chair until after the election, and Bennington says he will truly miss being a part of the goal making and decision process once he's gone.
See Bennington's official announcement below:
July 9, 2018.
With my heart heavy, after having served my community for 20 years of elected office, and including the some 17 years concurrently served with the Shelburne and District Fire Department, it is time to turn the page in my career as a public servant.
Today, after some much needed vacation time, to pause and reflect with family, I officially withdraw my nomination papers for the office of Mayor of Shelburne in the 2018 municipal election.
A new & exciting chapter awaits, and like a good book that you can’t put down, I look forward to it with anticipation.
I would like to thank my family and friends for their many years of continued support and the sacrifices they have made along the way.
To my colleagues, namely, Geoff Dunlop, Randy Chambers, Walter Benotto, AJ Cavey, and Tom Egan, I will cherish the memories and the debates we had in our 17-20 years together at the Council table.
To Dan Sample, Wade Mills, and Steve Anderson, as you enter the final phase of your first term, I wish you well in the upcoming election. The Town of Shelburne is a precious jewel, hold it tight and keep it well.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my friends in the press. For all the stories you’ve printed or the sound bites on air, I thank you for running with the good stuff, and editing out the bloopers.
To the good people of Shelburne, it has been my pleasure and my honour to serve you.
May God bless the Town of Shelburne, and the wonderful people that call it home.