Chairman Marvin Rodriguez presenting plaques to outgoing Commissioner Ben Wilson and his wife Rachel Wilson.

MANHATTAN — The Riley County commissioners honored outgoing Commissioner Ben Wilson during their meeting on Monday.

Chairman Marvin Rodriguez presented a plaque for four years of service on the commission, as well as a personal one from him and Commissioner Ron Wells. After that, Wilson presented a speech he had prepared where he thanked all the Riley County staff, commissioners, and Manhattan City commissioners as well.

Wilson said his biggest takeaway from his time on the commission was how much the county departments worked to make sure they stay within their budget to keep taxes lowered for the public.

“My biggest regret would be that I haven’t stayed on top things more, been more proactive, and taken more initiative by pushing for certain proposals and issues,” said Wilson.

The three issues he had wanted to address was the upkeep of the county fleet of vehicles, energy savings contract, and hiring a private fundraiser for the social services the county supports.

Wilson said as his love for politics has been declining over the last couple of years, his love of missionary help with international students has grown.  His next step after leaving the commission will be to help international students for campus ministry at Purdue University.

Wilson’s last meeting will be on Thursday, with incoming Commissioner John Ford swearing in on Monday.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners approved the Riley County Resilient Plan appointees requested by the city.  Those approved by the commission include:

Rural resident: Connie Satzler, who resides in home on Wildcat Creek
Rural resident: James Sutton, who Resides in home at south end of Keats
Rural Business Owner: Charlie Pottorf, who is the owner of Wildcat Tree Service
Farmer: Mike or Rebecca Mosier, who owns a farm along Wildcat Creek

The board showed no issue with the list and approved the appointees unanimously.

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