“I just thank God for this day, I thank God for the four years [as a commissioner] He gave to me and I thank God for me, making history.” – Valerie Reubin [#IThankGod]
Monday evening’s Dallas County Commission meeting was filled with farewells as the 3 outgoing commissioners were recognized for their service to Dallas County and the commission appointed a new county engineer to replace Coosa Jones who will soon be retiring from the position after 38 years.
The 3 outgoing commissioners are: Valerie Reubin, District 1; Roy Moore, District 2; and Larry Nickles, District 4.
As the 3 commissioners prepare to leave their seats, the commission will lose a combined 44 years of experience – Moore having 28, Nickles having 12 and Reubin having 4.
A reception was held for Roy Moore, Larry Nickles and Valerie Reubin following the regular commission meeting and each outgoing commissioner was given a plaque for their service to the county.
As Valerie Reubin accepted her plaque, she said that despite no longer being an elected official, she would continue to serve as a Dallas County Representative for Keep Alabama Beautiful alongside Selma City Councilwoman Janie Thomas.
During her tenure as the first woman to serve on the Dallas County Commission, Valerie Reubin organized several clean-up efforts around Dallas County and was constantly bringing attention to the area’s more heavily soiled areas.
“I just thank God for this day, I thank God for the four years [as a commissioner] He gave to me and I thank God for me, making history. The first female, black or white, ever elected [to the commission]. I believe that if [God] wanted me back on the commission I would be, but there must be something else He wants me to do.”
– Valerie Reubin
After Valerie Reubin, Larry Nickles was next to receive his plaque and offered words of advice to the 3 incoming commissioners.
“Remember to pray to God that you make the right decision so you can wake up and feel good about it. We leave without remorse. We’re just closing one page of the book and moving on.”
– Larry Nickles
Finally, Roy Moore accepted his plaque for 28 years of service to Dallas County.
Fond farewell: Commission bids adieu to outgoing members
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