Woodstock councilman prepares for final meeting
by Michelle Babcock
December 10, 2013 10:05 PM | 790 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
 Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques, right, presents outgoing City Councilman Randy Brewer, left, with a rocking chair to commemorate his service to the city. Brewer served three consecutive terms on the council before deciding not to seek re-election this year. He will be replaced by Warren Johnson.
Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques, right, presents outgoing City Councilman Randy Brewer, left, with a rocking chair to commemorate his service to the city. Brewer served three consecutive terms on the council before deciding not to seek re-election this year. He will be replaced by Warren Johnson.
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Brewer talks with Warren Johnson, who was elected Nov. 5 to take the Ward 1 seat in January.
Brewer talks with Warren Johnson, who was elected Nov. 5 to take the Ward 1 seat in January.
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WOODSTOCK — Woodstock City Council member Randy Brewer was honored with a reception before the council met Monday night, as he prepares for his final meeting as a councilman next Monday.

Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques and City Manager Jeff Moon thanked Brewer for his service during the pre-meeting reception at the Chamber at City Center.

Henriques presented Brewer with a rocking chair picture and said the gift would be delivered to Brewer’s house in recognition of his service to the city.

Brewer, 49, was elected as the Woodstock City Council Ward 1 representative in 2001 and served for three consecutive terms.

Brewer chose not to run for a fourth term and Warren Johnson was elected Nov. 5 to fill his seat.

As Brewer prepares for his final meeting, he said he’s most proud of the positive changes that have come to the downtown area during his time on the council.

“The thing I’m most proud of is the changes that the city has initiated downtown, and the type of development that was attracted, the changes that we made in the ordinances and the zoning that brought that downtown,” Brewer said.

After his term ends, Brewer said he plans on spending his extra time with family and traveling with his wife.

“I’m going to spend more time with my wife and my kids,” he said.

When a person becomes a part of the community like he did as a council member, Brewer said there are always things left undone.

Among the things that Brewer said he would’ve liked to see completed is the amphitheater.

“I would love to see it completed, but all-in-all, I was involved in accomplishing most of the reasons I got involved in the council,” Brewer said.

Brewer said one of the more controversial actions the board initiated during his term on the council was the downtown master plan.

Although Brewer said the master plan ended up being the right thing to do, residents made him question his support of it at the time.

“It was a very emotional, very controversial thing at the time,” he said.

Brewer said he feels like he could’ve stayed on the board and done a good job, but decided to leave so he could focus on business and family after more than a decade serving the city.

“I think turnover is a good thing,” he said. “When you bring in younger public servants, they may not have the knowledge about how things work, but sometimes, that initiative and ambition to get things done and push things through is good for a city. I’m excited. I think Warren Johnson will do a great job.”

He had a few words of advice for his replacement.

“The words of wisdom I’d offer to anybody who’s new in politics or just taking office is none of it’s personal,” Brewer said. “I’m so lucky the council I have served with the last several years is very professional. We can have a heated debate, but at the end, we’re all still friends and acquaintances, and respect each other and respect everyone’s opinions, and nobody takes it personal, and that’s the biggest thing.”

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