After thirty-three years in municipal service, Ken Loveland will be putting it all behind him, and maybe get in some time for fishing.
Loveland first started at Clerk for Dunwich Township in December of 1979.
Shortly thereafter, he also assumed the roles of Administrator and Treasurer, and continued in those positions after the amalgamation of Dunwich and Dutton in 1998.
Now after over three decades, Loveland is finally retiring, so his friends and co-workers held a gathering in his honour Oct. 2 at the Dutton Municipal Building to wish him a fond farewell.
“I've known Ken for a long time,” said Cameron McWilliam, mayor of Dutton/Dunwich. “He quickly became the 'go to guy', not only for council, staff and local residents but also for the surrounding municipalities. He gave his advice freely and honestly.”
Loveland was given recognition certificates and gifts from representatives of MP Joe Preston, MPP Jeff Yurek, and Elgin County. Mayors from nearby municipalities, including Doug Reycraft of Southwest Middlesex, Bernie Wiehle of West Elgin, and Jim McIntyre of Southwold all attended to gave Ken their respects.
Loveland's retirement cake was decorated with images of fishing lures; a nod to one of his hobbies.
Loveland addressed the crowd saying that he was a man of few words.
“It's been enjoyable. Time goes by too quick,” said Loveland.
Laurie Spence Bannerman of London has stepped up to fill the position of Chief Administrative Officer for Dutton/Dunwich, and officially began her duties in May.