No, that isn’t the start of someone’s obituary, but it is a message that many members of the North Bend community are echoing at the news that councilmember Chris Garcia is resigning.
Few people do more for youth programs in this community than Garcia and Jim Westlake. Despite the continued growth of Frankie’s Pizza in other communities, Westlake and, noticeably, Garcia have made it clear that this is their home and they will continue to support our community in any way they can.
While on the council, Garcia has been a steady person, unwavering in his desire to see the city of North Bend prosper and tireless in his efforts to get the city water rights. Let’s face it, North Bend was on the brink of closing its doors and through the leadership of people like Chris Garcia, the city has a future.
I totally understand his desire to have personal time and time to continue to oversee his business. I very much respect him for the time he has put in as a council member.
Now the search is on for someone else with energy, common sense and foresight who can take the city to the next level with new water.
Thanks for serving, Chris. You did a great job under trying circumstances.