Franklin County bids farewell to Putnal

Bevin Putnal

Bevin Putnal

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM.


On Nov. 6 the county bid farewell to a loyal servant, County Commissioner Bevin Putnal, who attended his last meeting,

Putnal, who first took office on Nov. 16, 1992, took time to personally thank each department head for their help and service over the years.

 “It’s been a pleasure serving with this board,” he said. “It’s kind of like family. You’re gonna fuss and fight but you come together to solve other people’s problems. I didn’t run for county commissioner for my own ambitions. I ran for people’s problems.

“I always figured myself as a servant, and not as a ruler. The greatest and strongest person that ever lived on this Earth could have ruled over anything that come against him he wanted but he became a servant of all the people out there that needed him and that was Jesus Christ. He went to the cross for people’s sake. His only ambition, from the time he was born until he was put to death, was to do his father’s will.

“I figure that I’m kind of like that in doing the people’s will,” said Putnal. “If they wanted something, I tried my level best to do it. I felt privileged to be there when somebody needed my help. I’ll still be there if they need me I just won’t have the authority I had before.”

Putnal told County Planner Alan Pierce, “I want to thank you for being there all those years for me ‘cause I had somebody I could dump problems on that I couldn’t solve. You always seemed to take them without regret.”

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