Montgomery officials honor, thank retiring community development director

Montgomery Village Board members took time during their meeting Monday evening, Feb. 22, to honor and thank the village’s retiring community development director, Richard Young.

“I can’t understate the impact you’ve had on this community and on me personally,” Village President Matt Brolley told Young.

Young thanked the board and told them that it has been an honor and privilege to have worked with the village board and plan commission.

Young also praised his community development department staff.

“They do a good job and they made me look good,” he said, adding, “I appreciate all of the friendships, but also all of the hard work that the village’s consultants do (including) Peter Wallers (from Engineering Enterprises. Inc.) and Laura Julien (village attorney). They are part of our development team and they are very important to the village.”

Young continued, “I’ve cherished my time working here and I’m glad we were able to get some things done. One of my goals, as you all know, has been to try to get some development activity in the downtown and I’m glad to see it’s finally happening after so many years of talking about it, planning around it, and working through some challenges.”

Young said he believes he leaves the village in good hands due to its current staff members.

“I wish you all the best and thank you very much,” he said.

John Etheredge

Editor of the Record Newspapers and, John's career as a journalist in Kendall County began in 1981. Over the years his news beats have included county government, municipal government, school boards, police and more. He also writes editorials on local issues and the weekly Kendall County Government Newsletter.