Gentle ribbing accompanied numerous accolades and thanks as the area said farewell to a longtime fixture at the Pennyrile Area Development District, and a man, who makes everyone feel like his best friend. After 24 years of service, Chris Sutton is retiring from the PADD. Sutton shared a poem after everyone offered kind words and a few jokes.
His four years as Executive Director have had an impact on many, so much so, that people came from far and wide to thank him for his service. Among those to speak was PADD Board Chairwoman, Gail Cherry.
9th District State Representative Myron Dossett presented citations on behalf of himself, 8th District Representative John Tilley and 16th District Representative Martha Jane King.
15th District Representative Brent Yonts also presented a citation as well as a Kentucky Colonel.
Though he could not attend, 6th District Senator Jerry Rhoads sent a citation with Hopkins County Judge Executive Donnie Carroll.
A letter of appreciation was sent by Governor Steve Beshear, and he asked Dawson Springs Mayor Jenny Sewell to extend his well wishes.
Letters were also received from U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield, U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and Justice Bill Cunningham. Christian County Judge Steve Tribble and Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp presented a joint proclamation.
And Sutton received keys to several cities in the Pennyrile Area, with invitations to come visit as much as he likes.
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