Council members honored

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By Arin McKenna

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover and councilors Mike Wismer and Vince Chiravalle participated in their final council meeting Tuesday.

The county presented each of them with a photograph by Leslie Bucklin and a commemorative Nambé plate recognizing their service.

Stover acknowledged Wismer first.

“Your integrity, your fortitude, your conviction to proceed … There were some challenging, stressful moments that we served together and I always felt that I knew your integrity was above all.”

In recognizing Chiravalle, Stover said, “We didn’t always agree on stuff, but your energy and your commitment … when others were going one way, you stood up for what you believe in and I always respected that and appreciated that you served your community well.”

“For me, this has been absolutely the finest group of professionals I’ve worked with on council. It’s really been a pleasure to work with everyone,” Wismer said and acknowledged each member of the council for their personal contributions.

“I want to express my deep appreciation for the community of Los Alamos County, to give me the opportunity to be here for four years. It’s been a tremendous experience, an honor and a great privilege to serve this community,” Chiravalle said.

Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers noted all the issues and challenges the departing councilors have helped address.

“The piece that really speaks to how professional these three were, how dedicated they were and how much effort it really took to keep things together is that they worked with three county administrators, three county attorneys and during a time span when nearly every department director had ‘acting’ before their name,” Rodgers said.

Wismer presented the plaque to Stover.

“We’ve been friends, colleagues, we’ve been through some difficult times together, but she’s always been a voice of reason, she’s always been a voice of calm,” Wismer said.

“Her leadership during the fire was exemplary. You couldn’t ask for a better leader during the fire. So we and the community owes a tribute to Sharon Stover. Thank you for your service and your continued service as clerk.”