Council bids emotional goodbye to member

Kevin Dye For The Madison Press

December 19, 2013

West Jefferson Village Council members showed their appreciation Monday night, Dec. 16 as they shared their memories and bid fond farewell to a dedicated village representative after eight years of service.

Village council president Ron Garver presented departing council member Sheila Nelson with a plaque commending her for her faithful and dedicated service to the residents of the Village of West Jefferson. Nelson has represented the residents in Ward Two of the village since Jan. 2, 2006, and routinely volunteered for several village events and activities.

“I want to say that without you keeping track of us and the minutes and looking out for the taxpayers, I’m going to miss you,” Garver said.

Other council members took the opportunity to say goodbye to Nelson and thank her for her accomplishments.

“I have been here sitting next to you for six years now,” Randy Otis said. “I’ve always liked that you’ve helped keep me in check.”

“As you spent eight years here, you always did what you thought was right for the village and the residents,” Cory Coburn said. “And there will be another election in two years and I encourage you to run.”

“I didn’t get to work with you as long as everyone else here,” clerk of council Debbie Dileo said. “If I get the minutes where Sheila didn’t correct anything, I knew I really accomplished something.”

Mayor Darlene Steele also said her goodbyes and thanked Nelson for all of her hard work.

“I’m going to miss you a lot and I will miss having another lady up here,” Steele said. “I am definitely going to miss you on special events. I could always count on you not only to promote it, but to work the events also.”

Council members then invited Nelson’s husband Skeeter, who was present, to share any thoughts he had. His emotional response left few dry eyes in the council chamber.

“As a husband, I couldn’t be more proud of the commitment and dedication that she gave to this position,” Skeeter Nelson said, fighting back tears. “I could not be more proud of her.”

Finally, Sheila Nelson decided to address her fellow council members one last time as one of their own.

“Everything has a beginning and everything has an end,” Nelson said. “I have experienced the lowest low in the mayoral recall in the village and the high of the development of the industrial park on state Route 29. I would like to thank everyone who helped me through the years with their knowledge and assistance.”

After the meeting, Nelson shared that she will be taking a few weeks to relax and enjoy more time with her grandchildren while waiting to see what God calls her to do next.