MADISON — Boone County Community and Economic Development Corporation Director Larry Lodato submitted a letter to the commission announcing his retirement effective March 15, 2014.
Lodato, who said he will be 69-years-old soon, gave a thankful and tearful goodbye.
“First and foremost, I want to thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for putting me in this position over 20 years ago,” he said. “I truly can say I did my best to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Boone County.”
Lodato said it was an honor and privilege to work for the county and the county commission.
“Such dedicated people like our county commissioners, their predecessors and your present staff, Jim Gore, Pam White and Kerry Dickens, who truly put the people of Boone County first,” he said. “Our excellent working relationship and teamwork over the years have been the key in getting projects accomplished and nearly $4 million in grants awarded and administered for the county. Again, I appreciate your professionalism, leadership, and friendship over the years. May God bless all of you and guide you in future endeavors.”
Commissioner Halstead was also tearful in thanking Lodato for everything he has done for the county.
“May we call on you in the future if we need to?” he asked.
Lodato responded, “Of course.”
Commissioner Brown called Lodato “a great asset to Boone County.”
“He has done so much for this county and its people,” Brown said. “He served the county well and accomplished so much. We will miss you Larry.”
Commission President Hendricks and other county officials also thanked Lodato for his service to the county.
Kris Mitchell has been selected to replace Lodato effective March 15.
Lodato said his wife would be retiring from the local school system soon and they planned to do more work for their church and spend more time with their grandchild.
Look for a detailed story about Lodato and his career in a future edition of the Coal Valley News.