Res­i­dent wraps up 32 years of ser­vice

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CENTERTON — A. J. Stroud will end 32 years as a pub­lic ser­vant at tonight’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meet­ing.

Stroud’s res­ig­na­tion will be ef­fec­tive Wed­nes­day, and he’ll soon move to Wylie, Texas. Stroud’s term was set to end June 30, 2018.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes made in Centerton since I moved here in 1983,” Stroud said Mon­day.

Stroud, 92, started serv­ing on the City Coun­cil in 1984 not long af­ter he was ap­pointed to the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. He served on both bod­ies con­cur­rently for sev­eral years.

Mayor Bill Ed­wards said Stroud has done a “great job” for the city.

“He’s been part of the com­mis­sion for a long time, and he’s watched the city pros­per from a few hun­dred peo­ple in the ’ 80s to where we are now, which is 15,000 peo­ple,” Ed­wards said.

Plan­ning Di­rec­tor Lorene Burns said she ap­pre­ci­ated Stroud’s work on the com­mis­sion.

“He’s given a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the city with his

time and ex­per­tise,” she said.

Stroud said he’s proud of how far Centerton has come.

“We’re mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. We grow faster than our in­fra­struc­ture, but we’re get­ting that to­gether, and in time will bring ev­ery­thing up to a point where we can mostly han­dle the traf­fic,” Stroud said.

The city will take ap­pli­ca­tions for Stroud’s re­place­ment un­til March 24, Ed­wards said.

“We’re look­ing for some­one who has a back­ground in build­ing, con­struc­tion, maybe read­ing site plans, but any­body can ap­ply if they think they have some qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” he said.

Ap­pli­cants will be in­ter­viewed by the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, who will then make an ap­point­ment rec­om­men­da­tion to Ed­wards.

The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meets at 6 p.m.

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