Seward County Chairman Joyce Hibler, second from right, and her husband, Bud, right, visit with guests at Tuesday’s reception for outgoing commissioners in the commission chambers in the Administration Building. After serving for eight years and working for Seward County for 20 years, Hibler attended her last meeting Monday night. L& T photo/Robert Pierce
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Monday marked the end of an era for three Seward County commissioners.
That was the last meeting for outgoing board members Toby Hale and Steve “Ike” Eisenhauer and chairman Joyce Hibler.
Near the end of the meeting, commissioners were given time to make comments, and Hale and Hibler said goodbye for the final time after being defeated by challengers in 2010 elections.
“I want to thank the people of Seward County who elected me, and I’ve enjoyed this four years,” Hale said. “I will be available. I appreciate being able to work with the county employees. Life goes right on.”
Hibler, who served two terms on the commission, said it was a learning experience.
“I want to tell everybody thank you,” she said. “I’ve had a good 20 years with Seward County. I had a good last eight years. I want to thank the people for voting for me. It’s been very educational. Everybody should do this once in their life. You just can’t believe the things you can learn up here.”
Eisenhauer was unable to attend the meeting, nor was he able to attend a reception Tuesday in the commission chambers at the county’s Administration Building. Many county staff and community leaders were on hand at Tuesday’s event to say goodbye to Hale and Hibler.
Ada Linenbroker, Doug Lafreniere and Randy Malin will be sworn in to fill the seats vacated by the three outgoing commissioners at 9 a.m. Monday in the commission chambers. The three will take part in their first board meeting at the Jan. 18 meeting. The date for that meeting was rescheduled for Tuesday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.