Last updated: July 30. 2014 1:45AM - 213 Views
By Danielle Coots Special Correspondent

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SUGARCREEK TOWNSHIP — Jack Gibson stepped down from the Board of Zoning Appeals June 21 after a brief ceremony during the Sugarcreek Township Council meeting after serving 40 years.

He received a standing ovation while being presented with a token of appreciation from the board members. His wife, Donna and family members stood by his side in support.

“I want to thank the board for this recognition and this great souvenir,” Jack Gibson said. “It has been a privilege to serve the township and I feel that I am leaving the board in very good hands. We have never had better service or better leadership. But just remember, I’ll be watching.”

Gibson became a member of the BZA on April 5, 1971. Even though Gibson and his family took a short hiatus to Colorado for a couple of years, when he returned to the township, so did his dedication to the BZA. He carried out his duties as a member of the BZA with interest and served the community and provided needed leadership and counseled throughout his reign.

“Jack, thank you so much for over 40 years of service to this community. It’s spectacular. You brought a lot of stability to the board. At the time, we actually had a lot of problems with the BZA, with attendance and that sort of thing. You were concerned with that issue and I am proud to say that today, I think that the BZA performs wonderfully and attendance is strong,” said Trustee, Michael Pittman. “The BZA is an important part of the township and we are very proud of you and are very pleased with what you have done for us.”

Gibson stood proud as the board presented him with a photo of the BZA members, as a token of their appreciation for his years of hard work. He remained a consistent presence throughout his time and was able to provide guidance and historical prospective for many of the issues faced by the board.

“We will never be able to find someone to replace you,” Trustee Nadine Daughtery said.

“I was always impressed with your preparation of the issue in front of you. I would just shake my head and say, “boy, he must have records going back forever.” The board of zoning is an important function in the township and you are certainly going to be missed,” Trustee Scott Bryant added. “You always took it seriously and you always did it well.”

In addition to Jack’s achievements, their son has recently been selected to the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Education Foundation Hall of Fame.

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