Residents, officials and employees of the city of Brookings said farewell Friday to Tom Weldon who served as city manager for nearly six years.
Weldons time in Brookings spanned the mayoral terms of Tom Davis, Nancy Brendlinger and current Mayor Bob Hagbom.
All three were on hand to bid him farewell, along with current and past council members, community leaders and friends.
Well-wishers in an almost constant stream brought presents, cards and expressions of affection to the farewell ceremony in the city council chambers at city hall.
Also on hand for the ceremony was Carlene Weldon, who has been working for the city of Gresham for more than a year with Tom commuting there on weekends.
The extended separation is one reason he decided to put in his resignation, Weldon said.
Weldons farewell actually began long before Fridays reception.
At his final city council meeting, July 24, Weldon received best wishes from past and present city councilors, officers of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Brookings-Harbor and many others.
At Fridays farewell, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Les Cohen presented Weldon with a fold-up camp loveseat with the logo of the American Music Festival across the back.
The gift reflected the fact that Weldon has been instrumental in arranging for the music festival concerts in Azalea Park.
Possibly one of the most impressive presents came from the Brookings city staff and employees a handsome myrtlewood lighthouse with functioning light (batteries not included, according to Les Cohen) and a tiny fishing boat with a brass plate on the stern saying: Tom Well Done.
Weldons time as Brookings city manager has not been without controversy or conflict.
But even his critics recognize that Weldon believes in doing his homework and has worked hard to make Brookings a better place in which to live.
At Weldons last city council meeting Chamber of Commerce President Richard Gyuro said the ultimate test of a persons value to a community is whether they left the community a better place than when they found it.
Did (Tom) leave Brookings a better place? A resounding yes! Gyuro said.