According to the Commercial News, It’s a major changing of the guard for the Vermilion County Board as several members with a combined seven decades of experience are leaving.
A total of six members will be gone after the board’s reorganization meeting on Monday, beginning with current chairman Gary Weinard.
Weinard, who was first elected in 1994, is the longest-running board member who will not return for another term. Chris Leigh of District 1, 14 years on the board; Richard Knight of District 3, 16 years; Terry Stal of District 4, 14 years; and John Alexander of District 6, 13 years, also are ending their terms.
Overall, the group touts a total 77 years of experience on the county board.
Sixteen years on the board weren’t in the plans for Knight, who remembers running for the county board amid talk and hearings about zoning — an issue he remains staunchly against. Being on the board, however, he learned members sometimes have to bend on some issues.
“You learn that there 26 other opinions on the board,” he said. “You learn to deal with that and accept it. You’re not always going to get your way.”
In the end, Knight admits he’s of two minds about leaving the board.
“I’m glad it’s over, yet I wish it wasn’t,” he said. “I enjoyed it. I met a lot of interesting people in 16 years.”