Stan Hartwich concluded 12 years as Pottawatomie County Commissioner Monday as guest of honor at a late-morning reception attended by friends and county employees.
Hartwich said he has enjoyed his time on the commission and, although decisions have not always been easy, he said he believes the county has made considerable progress during his tenure.
“I’ve enjoyed working with everyone over the years,” he said. “I think our county is in a good position. We’ve got some growing pains, but that’s a good problem to have. It’s nothing one person has done, it’s a collection of a lot of work by a lot of people over a lot of years and I’m proud to have been a small part of it.”
Hartwich represented the Third Commissioner District — the largest of the county’s three districts — for three four-year terms, but lost a bid for a fourth term in November to Travis Altenhofen, who was sworn into office later in the day.
Commissioners Dee McKee and Pat Weixelman said their time on the board with Hartwich has been rewarding, albeit sometimes contentious.
“I’ve come to respect your knowledge,” McKee told the outgoing commissioner. “Your service to the county has been much appreciated.”
“The position the county is in is due in part to what he’s done over the past 12 years,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed working with him and fighting with him over the years.”
Hartwich admitted he and Weixelman have not seen eye-to-eye on every issue, but they always managed to depart weekly meetings with a handshake and a smile.
Hartwich was presented a Pott County- shaped plaque for his 12 years on the commission.