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Hastings city councilman honored for service to the city

Retiring Hastings City Council member Bill Cusack was recognized and honored for his dedication to the City of Hastings Wednesday at his last meeting on the council.

 

 

 

Cusack was first sworn in on the council in 1975 and again in 1979, 1983 and 1987. Upon the death of David Jasperse in 2016, he agreed to serve the remainder of his friend’s term on the council, Mayor David Tossava said.

With Jasperse’s term finished this year, Cusack did not run for re-election.

During his tenure, Cusack served on numerous committees including the planning commission, where he is still a member.

 

“Bill has been a vital contributing part of growing and improving our community over the years through his dedicated service to the city and its citizens,” Tossava said. “He has been, and continues to be, an integral and valued member of our community though his support and encourgment of the many programs and activities throughout the community.”

 

Whether they knew him from his antenna installing business, as head of maintenance at Pennock Hospital or during his time on the council, each council member thanked Cusack for his dedication and work for the city and for being a pleasure to work with.

 

Councilman Al Jarvis said Bill has always been a gentleman. Others agreed, saying whenever they met, he always greeted them with a smile.  “I will be forever grateful for the support you have shown the police department and the city. Thank you and congratulations,” Police Chief Jeff Pratt said.

 

“I love the city for the kindness given to us,” Cusack said, urging citizens to be kind to each other.

“It’s extremely important to continue to be kind to each other.” He said it was his honor to serve David Jasperse’s unexpired term. “He and I were very close. I often sought advice from Dave, I’m extremely grateful for that...Thank you, and if there is anything I can do for you, I will be there.”

 

Photos: (upper left) Councilman Bill Cusack accepts a City of Hastings Proclamation officially recognizing his long service to the city from Mayor David Tossava.

(left) Retiring Councilman Bill Cusack thanks the council for a proclamation telling of his dedication to the city.

 

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