Recently retired Laurinburg City Councilman Herbert Rainer was awarded a plaque acknowledging his service to the community by Mayor Tommy Parker at this week’s council meeting.
Rainer, who served on the city council from 1997 until his retirement this month, was praised by Parker for his work as a “dedicated public servant.”
“(Rainer) ensured that the best interests of all citizens were protected … and helped make Laurinburg a better place for all citizens,” Parker said before presenting Rainer with a plaque and his longtime name placard used during council meetings.
“The name tag is if you decide to come back at some point,” Parker said jokingly. “We miss you already.”
Speaking briefly before leaving council chambers early, Rainer thanked the “voters that supported (him) throughout the years” and said that he expects the city to continue to improve.
“As I said … I think you are left a very strong council,” Rainer said. “Hopefully I left it in better shape than when I started.”
After some debate by council, Rainer’s chosen replacement, long time public servant JD Willis, was appointed to fill his seat earlier this month.