By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
Two Corbin City Commissioners said their goodbyes Monday night during the session, the last one for 2012.
For Phil Gregory and Joe “Butch” White, the meeting was the final one for both of them. Gregory did not seek re-election earlier this year, after serving 13 years on the City Commission. White did seek another two-year term, but finished fifth in a field of six candidates running for the four commission seats on Nov. 6.
At the end of the meeting, Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney praised both White and Gregory for their service to the city.
“With this being the last City Commission meeting for 2012, it’s the last for both of these two men. … We’re going to miss Phil. And we’re going to miss Joe ‘Butch,’” said McBurney.
Gregory had the audience laughing at times when he spoke after the mayor’s comments.
“I’ll miss it. But I won’t miss the worry and aggravation. I won’t be going anywhere, but keep them checks coming. … We’ve been broke, but we’re in the black now, and black for a long time. We’ve got a great city and great leaders, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
White spoke afterwards about his two years sitting on the commission.
“I learned how tough it is to be from Corbin. To be in two counties, and close to a third, and everybody coming at you. They really don’t want you to exist, but they want your money. … I’ve really enjoyed the last two years. Thank you.”
Bruce Hodge and Suzie Razmus, who were elected last month, will replace White and Gregory when the commission meets in January. They’ll join incumbents Ed Tye and Joe Shelton, who were both re-elected in November.