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Kendall board says goodbye to half its members

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Updated: December 27, 2012 6:10AM

YORKVILLE – One declined to give a speech, while others couldn’t resist.

Either way, this week was the time to say goodbye to half of the Kendall County Board, some 62 years worth of experience, two by voluntary retirement and three at the voters’ request.

Board members Nancy Martin and Jessie Hafenrichter have the most experience, 16 years on the board, and decided not to run for office again.

Board members Anne Vickery, 14 years, Bob Davidson, 12 years, and Suzanne Petrella, four years, left because they were voted out, Vickery and Petrella in the March primary and Davidson in the Nov. 6 election.

Vickery said she figured out that the average age of those leaving the board was 75-years-old, and the average age of the new board members is just above 40.

“I think that’s terrific,” she said. “The county is based on young people, and keeping them interested in participating and public service.

“But the one thing that I’ll miss is the fight.”

Martin joked that she “always said what I thought.”

“It’s been 16 hard years,” she said. “To be honest, there were good times and bad times, but I knew when it was time to leave.”

Hafenrichter said she would not make a speech, but added, “it’s been a trip.”

Board Chairman John Purcell presented each of them with four volunteer T-shirts from the county– for the Forest Preserve District, Animal Control, the Highway Department and the Ellis House – and a plaque recognizing their service on the board.

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