The final New Concord Council meeting of 2015 was a little different than the normal meetings.
The meeting that was held on Monday, Dec. 14 began with The Dedicated Public Servant Award being given to retiring New Concord Mayor, Greg Adams.
Adams has served as mayor for the last 27 years. In his time he has brought many changes to New Concord, but he is quick to thank others who have helped along the way.
“I’m very thankful for all the people that were willing to go beyond and above to make a difference in New Concord,” said Adams. “It’s really made being a mayor extraordinarily easy.”
Even though Adams will no longer be mayor as of Jan. 1, 2016, he plans to continue to be involved with the community.
“I’m sure that there’ll be some projects around town,” said Adams. “The next mayor, Brett [Essex], may call me to give a hand.”
Village Council Member William Kerrigan has served on the council with Adams for the last two years, but has previously worked with him in other ways involving the community.
“There are people you meet in your life who you can just sort of watch and awe at their leadership skills,” said Kerrigan. “Greg Adams is one of the best people I’ve ever seen at that.”
Adams will continue to serve as mayor until his retirement date on Jan. 1, 2016. Brett Essex will then take his place after running unopposed for the position in the November election.