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Neighborhood Association Coordinator Retires after 16 Years of Building Stronger Neighborhoods Share

Jan 3, 2017  |  Web Administrator

MAR­I­ON, IN: (Jan. 3rd, 2017) – Neigh­bor­hood Asso­ci­a­tion Coor­di­na­tor, Lar­ry Richard­son, has end­ed his tenure with the City of Mar­i­on after 16 years of ser­vice. Richard­son was first hired by the City as an assis­tant direc­tor in the Parks Dept., then was pro­mot­ed by the Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment office as the Neigh­bor­hood Asso­ci­a­tion Coor­di­na­tor approx­i­mate­ly two years lat­er, where he served through the end of 2016.

Through Richardson’s ini­tia­tive and lead­er­ship, neigh­bor­hood asso­ci­a­tions grew from three to over twen­ty. Richard­son takes ful­fill­ment in that the City has built a stronger base in the com­mu­ni­ty through stronger neighborhoods.

The Neigh­bor­hood train­ing process is the foun­da­tion of mak­ing our com­mu­ni­ty stronger. We teach them the val­ue in keep­ing their prop­er­ties clean­er, and edu­cate peo­ple the val­ue of collaboration.”

Chief of Staff, Mike Fly­nn, said Richard­son has been instru­men­tal in the suc­cess and growth of the city’s neigh­bor­hood asso­ci­a­tions. His com­pas­sion for this com­mu­ni­ty is large­ly respon­si­ble for its success.”

Richard­son added, I will miss my role with the City of devel­op­ing a stronger com­mu­ni­ty, and the friends that you devel­op here at work, how­ev­er, I will con­tin­ue those rela­tion­ships and hope­ful­ly the admin­is­tra­tion will still call on me as com­mu­ni­ty ser­vant to devel­op fur­ther relationships.”

Richard­son plans to devel­op his per­son­al min­istry in retire­ment. He is imme­di­ate­ly tak­ing over the Hope Neigh­bor­hood Asso­ci­a­tion as Pres­i­dent, which he claims has a good base. My main pur­pose is to make sure that my neigh­bor­hood asso­ci­a­tion still exists and is hold­ing strong.”

Richardson’s retire­ment took effect on Jan­u­ary 1st.

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