By Angelo Parlove
Saline Mayor Brian Marl called Mayor Pro Tem David Rhoads’ departure on city council “bittersweet.”
“David is a great example of somebody who helped our citizens and business people to get the most out of their government,” Marl said about the tens years of service by Rhoads on the Saline City Council that comes to an end this month. “It is a bittersweet occasion for those of us here at the City of Saline.”
After not seeking reelection in November, Rhoads is stepping aside as a city council member. “It has been a great ten years, and I am glad that I was able to be of some assistance to the governance of our fine city,” Rhoads said.
Rhoads first started on council in January 2007, during which he served as Mayor Pro Tem for three years. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions in his tenure, including the environmental, Friends of the Saline River, parks, historic district and youth council.
Rhoads’ last official city council meeting was Dec. 19, and his peers on council recognized him at the start of the proceedings. “His track record is pretty impressive. When somebody comes to him with a question or concern, he gets back with them and helps to get the issue resolved,” Marl said.
Marl also pointed out Rhoads’ commitment to economic development in the city. “David has been a tireless advocate for jobs, for investment, for additional business activity in the Saline community,” the mayor added.
City council then presented Rhoads with a plaque, which was prepared by the city clerk’s office, thanking Rhoads for his many contributions to the community. “David’s intellect, leadership and passion for public service in the Saline community has helped make Saline a better place to live,” the plaque reads in part.
At his last meeting, Rhoads had many thank yous for his time on city council. “I want to thank everybody. I’d like to first thank the residents who voted me in as a city council person,” he said. “I want to thank city staff, the mayor and fellow city council members for allowing me to be part of this fine group.”