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Two county commissioners say farewell

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:13 PM

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County commissioners John Druzbick and Jeff Stabins officially said farewell to the public and the board Tuesday during their last meeting.

Next week, their replacements — Diane Rowden and Nick Nicholson, respectively — will be sworn in.

Druzbick fought back tears as he thanked staffers, who he said frequently do not get the proper credit from the public and the board.

"You're outstanding people, you truly are," Druzbick said.

Druzbick said he and his colleagues endured "some of the most difficult years this county has had to go through."

With his departure, Druzbick told Commissioner Dave Russell he is now the "elder statesman" on the board and the board will rely on his leadership.

"The county has a lot to face, and I believe you are the person that's going to help get this county through some of the troubling times coming up," Druzbick said.

Stabins thanked "the kind people" he met during his tenure.

"For those not-so-kind people that I've also met, I won't tell you what I'd like to happen to you but I do have some bad karma for you, and we'll meet again some day," Stabins said.

Stabins added that it has been "surreal."

His colleagues said they would miss Stabins' "colorful" personality.

Commissioner Jim Adkins said he would never forget an incident about two years ago, when he was chairman, when he received an email from Stabins implying his absence that day was because he was gravely ill and jokingly referring to his death.

Before Tuesday's adjournment, the old tune "Happy Trails" played in the commission chambers. (352) 544-5290

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