Essmans Recognized for Service to Districts
A special ceremony was held Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Clay County Courthouse in Piggott, as Betty and Larry Essman were recognized for service. The Rector natives were honored by both the Central Clay Drainage District and the Cache/Clay Drainage District for their time in service to the two boards.
Betty Essman served as assistant secretary-treasurer for both the local boards for over 21 years. In turn, Larry served as a commission on the Cache/Clay Drainage District board for over 21 years, and was a commission on the Central Clay Drainage District board for over 36 years.
Earlier this year they decided to retire effective the end of 2016, prompting the retirement ceremony. The couple was joined by other commissioners, contractors and others for the occasion.
Those on hand included Clay County Judge Gary Howell; Judge-elect Mike Patterson; Jody Simmons, a commissioner with the St. Francis Drainage District; Vicki Robinson, a commissioner with the Cache/Clay Drainage District; Vance Whaley, a commissioner with the St. Francis Drainage District; Sherland Hamilton, a commissioner with both the St. Francis and Cache/Clay drainage districts; Jerry Little, commssioner with the Central Clay Drainage District; Atty. Harry Truman Moore; contractor Donnie Ort; Glen Moore, St. Francis Drainage District field man; contractor Ron Couch; Doin Bowers, Jr. and Danny Essman.
During the meeting Danny Essman was appointed to replace his father on the Central Clay board, and Bowers was appointed as the new commissioner on the Cache/Clay Drainage District board.