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Frank Ferry honored for council service

Posted: March 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Departing Santa Clarita City Councilman Frank Ferry offers his thanks to city officials as he is honored by council members and the community for his years of service at City Hall in Valencia on Tuesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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Reflecting during his time as a member of the Santa Clarita City Council, Councilman Frank Ferry called the experience the “most enjoyable years that any person could ever hope for.”

“I just have so much pride in this community and so much pride for the people in this community,” Ferry said.

The sometimes controversial councilman, who was honored for his service at Tuesday’s council meeting,took time to praise the city he was first elected to represent in 1998.

A series of representatives came out Tuesday to pay tribute to Ferry, including from the Castaic Lake Water Agency, College of the Canyons, the William S. Hart Union High School District, the Saugus Union School District and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Elected officials, including Board of Equalization member George Runner, state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich also sent representatives to recognize Ferry for his years on the council.

The series of speakers congratulated Ferry for his time on the council and thanked him for his work, particularly his support of Santa Clarita Valley youth.

“We at College of the Canyons honor you this evening for your 16 years of service, where you put education where it is intended to be and meant to be and needed to be, and that was at the top of your priorities,” said Steve Zimmer, a member of the COC board.

“For 16 years I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in this valley who would say that you were not at the forefront of our youth,” Dave Perry from Antonovich’s office added.

Mayor Laurene Weste praised Ferry for his work on a number of issues, including road construction and park development.

“He just loved to do things that put things on the ground and gave our community the resources it needed,” said Weste of Ferry.

Councilman Bob Kellar called his time serving with Ferry “a true honor.”

Councilwoman Marsha McLean called Ferry a “force” and “dynamic” and said she appreciated Ferry for speaking his mind when he was on the council.

Councilman TimBen Boydston also thanked Ferry for his work on youth issues.

Boydston, with whom Ferry has sometimes clashed, also joked that he thinks Ferry’s departure may impact the number of people who tune into council meetings.

“When you leave, Mr. Ferry, I fear that our television ratings here at the council meetings are going to plunge,” Boydston said.
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