Brown says goodbye to council
It was inevitable and the inevitable happened Monday night. Longtime Baldwin City Council Member Tony Brown said goodbye to the council and announced his resignation.
Brown, who has served on the council since 2002, was elected as Kansas 10th District House of Representative in November. With his first Legislative session set for January, Brown stepped down from the council as expected.
“As you all know, I have complicated my life to the point that my wife has asked me if I know what I’m doing,” Brown told the council. “Due to my election to the Kansas State House, I am resigning from the city council.
“I have truly enjoyed my time on the council,” he said. “I think we’ve accomplished a lot.”
The biggest of those accomplishments was the $1.8 million Downtown Streetscape Project completed last year that replaced sidewalks and increased handicap accessibility. Brown was the driving force behind that project, which was funded to the tune of 80 percent by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
There were many other changes during his tenure and Brown thanked the council for those years as he bid adieu.
“I think the pay will be better, but the benefits are not,” he said. “The benefits are working with you.”
Mayor Gary Walbridge presented Brown with a clock in appreciation of his years of service.
“It’s been a pleasure,” Walbridge told Brown.
The mayor also said he’d talked privately with Brown regarding his suggestion for who should replace him on the council.
“Tony, I have asked you about a replacement,” said Walbridge. “Do you have a suggestion?”
Brown said he did, but hadn’t asked the person if he would serve yet and didn’t want to make the name known publicly yet. Brown was appointed to the council by then-Mayor Ken Hayes to fill a vacancy created when Todd Cohen resigned.
“It is ironic that you came on as a mayoral appointee and you are now causing one,” said Council Member Doyle Jardon.