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New Site councilman Cotney retires after 28 years in office

Published 11:53am Friday, October 26, 2012

One member of the New Site Town Council will change for the first time since 1984 when the council is sworn in Nov. 5.

Councilman Loyd Cotney is retiring from the town council after 28 years of service.

Cotney, Place 3, said he “just enjoyed serving” and “trying to make a difference throughout the community.”

“It’s been an experience,” Cotney said. “I just felt like it was a pretty good time to leave.”

Cotney said he was proud of the improvements he has helped bring to New Site during his time in office, including getting a computer system in Town Hall to track water reports as well as upgrades at the fire department, recreational park and community center.

“I’m proud of the job and that we’ve all worked together,” Cotney said. “I think we made a difference.”

Thomas Turner ran unopposed for Cotney’s position, and Cotney said it will be good to get new blood on the council.

“He’s been really active in the community, and I’m sure he’s going to do a great job,” Cotney said.

The council presented a proclamation to Cotney to show appreciation for his years of service. It reads, “Whereas Loyd Cotney has served the town of New Site for 28 years as councilman, serving with dedication and loyalty and significantly contributing to the progress of our town; and whereas the performance of his duties and his working relationship with the town employees, mayor and council always characterized an attitude of goodwill and obvious dedication to always doing what was best for the citizens of the town of New Site; and whereas Loyd’s influence and activity have extended outside his council position into various other roles within the town, including volunteering with the New Site fire and ambulance service and into the position he held with the Tallpoosa County E911 board, in every case he has made a significant contribution to the betterment of our community; now therefore I, Curtis Mims, as mayor of the town of New Site, express our sincere appreciation and affection for Loyd for his outstanding performance of duty and extend our best wishes for continued success in any future endeavors.”

The council also held an appreciation dinner in Cotney’s honor.

Cotney said he enjoyed working with everyone on the council and all the city employees.

“I’d like to thank everybody who voted for me and allowed me to serve and represent them in New Site,” Cotney said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”