Igle­sias hon­ored at fi­nal com­mis­sion meet­ing

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

Igle­sias got a chance to voice his thanks to fel­low com­mis­sion­ers for se­lect­ing him to serve and giv­ing him a chance to make a dif­fer­ence.

He said dur­ing fi­nal com­ments on the night that he learned a lot about the is­sues fac­ing Polk County dur­ing his year and a few months of time as a com­mis­sioner, and hoped to con­tinue to put it to good use else­where.

Igle­sias be­gan his ser­vice dur­ing a tough time for the county, when two seats came open and he was se­lected and sworn in right be­fore the tragic death of De­tec­tive Kris­ten Hearne in 2017, and con­tin­ued on as the board be­gan to tackle tough is­sues through­out 2018.

“Back in Sep­tem­ber 2017, my first goal was to be a uni­fier. Sec­ond was to look to the fu­ture while trea­sur­ing the past, and mak­ing sure we don’t for­get what has al­ready been done,” Igle­sias said. “Each com­mis­sioner here on this board and our county em­ploy­ees have helped make that hap­pen.”

He added that “we need to con­tinue to look to­ward the fu­ture, over­look our dif­fer­ences and try to high­light the best that each of us has to of­fer.”

Igle­sias ended with his thanks to the board and peo­ple of Polk County for the chance to serve.

The board voted unan­i­mously to ac­cept a procla­ma­tion hon­or­ing Igle­sias for his time spent on the Com­mis­sion, and of­fered up ap­plause dur­ing a cer­e­mony dur­ing the De­cem­ber meet­ing.

“I do want to thank Com­mis­sioner Igle­sias,” Com­mis­sion Chair Jen­nifer Hulsey said. “It’s not easy deal­ing with a bunch of hard-headed peo­ple, like on this board. But you came right into it and you were un­afraid and unashamed of what you be­lieved in.”

She added her great re­spect for his po­si­tions and thanked him again for his ser­vice.

“You have a lovely fam­ily, and we know the sac­ri­fice you had to make, it’s not an easy one,” she said.

Com­mis­sioner Hal Floyd said he was sad to see Igle­sias’ time end on the board, hav­ing got­ten to know his fel­low com­mis­sioner and the Igle­sias fam­ily well dur­ing the past months.

“Jose is a brother and a friend, and I love them dearly,” Floyd said. “Know that I care deeply about you and your fam­ily.”

Chuck Thax­ton also added his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Igle­sias’ ser­vice.

“Jose, thank you for what you did,” Chuck Thax­ton said. “I re­mem­ber when Marshelle was still chair, and Scotty and Jen­nifer and I sat up here for at least one meet­ing or two. You had to come in here at a tough time, and I ap­pre­ci­ate what you’ve done.”

Com­mis­sioner Scotty Tillery added his thanks as well, giv­ing praise to Igle­sias for his ded­i­ca­tion dur­ing his more than a year as a com­mis­sioner and for “al­ways be­ing pre­pared.”

“I ap­pre­ci­ate your ser­vice, and I hope to see you some more,” Tillery said. “You do your re­search, you come to the meet­ings pre­pared and you have good ques­tions… I’ve picked up on things that you brought up that you re­searched.”

Igle­sias was de­feated in the May pri­mary for the seat by for­mer Cedar­town City Com­mis­sioner Gary Martin, who was elected un­op­posed in Novem­ber for a new term in of­fice. He’ll re­main on sev­eral other boards as he serves in other ca­pac­i­ties, as well as con­tinue pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices through Taxes De Amer­ica at 429 S. Main Street.

/ Kevin Myrick

Above: Com­mis­sioner Jose Igle­sias was joined by his wife and two sons along with Com­mis­sioner Hal Floyd as the board cel­e­brated Igle­sias dur­ing his fi­nal meet­ing af­ter more than a year of ser­vice. Right: Com­mis­sioner Jose Igle­sias was joined by Com­mis­sioner Hal Floyd to cel­e­brate the end of his more than a year­long term on the Polk County board dur­ing the De­cem­ber meet­ing. Igle­sias was ap­pointed to fill out a term in 2017.

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