Conroe, December 25 – Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Clark gave his farewell speech to the citizens of Montgomery County as an elected servant at the December 18, 2018, Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting. The goodbyes began towards the end of the meeting when Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador made a brief presentation and gave Clark a shotgun to thank him for his public service.
Meador explained, “Mr. Riley and I went together. We can’t just let you guys leave. Commissioner Clark…”
Clark answered, “Yes, sir” and they hugged each other.
Meador said, “I want to thank you so much for your service to Precinct 4 and to Montgomery County. Jim is going into the real estate business.”
Clark interjected, “I’m going back.”
Meador sadly said, “Everybody in the real estate business needs a pretty good weapon, so we got you a nice little shotgun here to play with, so, Jim, we thank you so much for what you’ve done. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you continually on your path to complete healing. When you get back to your old self, we’ll need to get back together.”
Clark responded, “That’s right.”
Meador said, “You’ve done a great job for Precinct 4 and for Montgomery County residents. We appreciate you. We love you.”
Clark then proceeded to give his final speech to the Commissioners Court as a Commissioner:
“Thank you so much. (Audience gave Clark a standing ovation.) I would like to thank everyone. I appreciate that. It means a lot to me.
“I can tell you the reason I’m here today is for public service. And the reason I won’t be here January 1st is because of politics.
“I’d like to recognize my lovely wife over here. Please stand up, Kelly. She’s been by my side for a lot of rough times. You haven’t seen her here much, because she doesn’t care much for politics either. But she’s been at every event. She’s been at the end of a 4 by 8 sign putting it up. She’s been a Godsend.
“When we found out I had cancer, right before the election, it didn’t sound too good. I can say today that I’m half the man I used to be. I’ve lost 185 pounds as of today. I’m down to 165. I used to be a pretty good sized boy. The last cancer report is we’re all clear and I’ve just got to get back where I can get some nutrition and get my health back up and get my strength back up.
“I appreciate everyone. I love Montgomery County. I was born a few blocks from here in the old hospital. I’ll continue to reside here. I have no intentions of going anywhere and I’ll continue to carry my plight of public service and support the community on in the private sector.
“I wish Judge Metts or Commissioner-Elect Metts all the best. He and I have met and had a great meeting. I’ve passed the baton. I told him how to get ready like I was getting ready for my brother. I’ll always be there for him. I look forward to a prosperous 2019 and I wish him all the best. Thank you all very much.”
The presentation ended with loud applause from the audience.