Council bids farewell to outgoing members

POULSBO — It was a different scene Wednesday night in the Poulsbo city council chambers, where serious discussions were put aside for a slice of cake and dish on the works of two longtime council members leaving at the end of the year.

Councilmen Mike Regis and Jim Henry were honored by their political peers and Mayor Kathryn Quade for their combined 16 years on council, and decades more of service to the city as a whole.

Regis began his work with the city in 1977 and was elected to council Position 1 in 2000. He has become a primary source of Poulsbo’s civic history. Henry was appointed to the council in 2000 as well, and has carried the transportation baton — as well as developed strong relations with the Suquamish Tribe — during his eight years of service.

Quade presented each with etched plaques in recognition of their service, and urged them to consider work on city boards or commissions.

“To lose the experience I know that you have would be truly a loss to the citizens,” she said.

Councilman Dale Rudolph applauded the efforts of each.

“They are two very capable people and we are going to miss them,” he said. “I really appreciate what you guys have brought to the table.”

Port of Poulsbo Commissioner Arnie Bockus singled out Henry as a driving force behind the positive relations the city and port have established.

“It’s because of you that our rapport between the city and the port has increased as much as it has,” he said.

Councilman Ed Stern gave his best wishes to each, and joked with Regis at how much he learned from his infrastructure expertise, whether he wanted to or not.

“I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned about local improvement districts, past, present and future,” he said with a laugh.

When it came to the services of both Regis and Henry, the entire council seemed to agree.

“We could spend all night talking about the great things you’ve done,” summed up Councilman Jeff McGinty.

With the two longtime members on their way out the door, Councilwoman Connie Lord took a moment to recognize the efforts of the leadership team as a whole, one that has accomplished good deliberations on topics of importance to Little Norway.

“We’ve had a great working relationship, this council,” she said. “It’s going to be a hard one to beat.”

Regis thanked the council for the special recognition, and Henry said the past eight years have been proud — and fun — ones in his life.

“I had the chance to do a lot of things I never dreamed of doing,” he said. “It’s a good thing in life to be useful.”

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