BEAVERCREEK — Three members of the Beavercreek City Council say goodbye to the official seats held, one was past mayor.
Brian Jarvis, Debborah Wallace and Chad Whilding venture off to new roads to serve the community.
During the Dec. 18 council meeting emotions filled the chambers as council members shared memories of the years past in how these three have helped shape the present existence of Beavercreek.
“Each of these council members have brought something unique to the table. That’s what makes this council such a fun place to be. We’re all very different, have different views and see things differently,” Mayor Bob Stone said. “You will all be missed.”
Chad Whilding began his reign with the Beavercreek City Council in 2014. He grew up and graduated from Beavercreek High School and has since been very active in the community. He has served on the Beavercreek City School Facilities Planning Commission, Beavercreek City Charter Review Commission and is a volunteer coach with the Beavercreek Soccer Association. He tended to take the stance that was not always the popular view.
“Thanks to the community. I enjoyed serving you and working with the staff. I’ve learned a lot,” Whilding said.
Debborah Wallace was appointed to City Council in 2014, but was not a newbie to the Beavercreek area. Prior to taking a seat on council, she had been involved with the Zoning Appeals Board as well as other local boards. She received the Whalen Award for Community Service and Leadership and was recognized as the 2015 Women Owned Business of the Year.
Wallace is a disabled veteran in the US Army. During her time on city council, Wallace took pride in her military achievements and stood up for not only disabled vets but also the disabled community, in general. She continuously made sure Beavercreek offered more than the standard in handicap parking in every development or shopping complex that appeared in Beavercreek during her term.
“I want to thank the citizens of Beavercreek for entrusting me to be here for two terms,” Wallace said. “I’ve really enjoyed working with city council, the ones here now and previous members.”
At the beginning of the year, Wallace will be stepping into her new role as Beavercreek Township Board of Trustee.
Brian Jarvis was an appointee in 2009 and has served in many capacities with the City of Beavercreek from that first appointment — vice mayor, mayor and council member. Jarvis attended most activities of the city and could be seen talking to residents and listening to their concerns and needs.
“I had some very large shoes to fill,” Mayor Stone said when speaking about taking over the Mayor position from Jarvis.
Jarvis is also a military veteran with the US Air Force and retiree from Northrop Grumman Corp. Prior to being involved on council, he had been involved in the community in many capacities and is now excited to be taking a seat on the Beavercreek Chamber Board of Directors.
“I’m looking forward to spending some time with my wife,” Jarvis said. “This has been an exciting eight years and I’m looking forward to starting something new.”
Each of these council members has had an impact on the current look and feel of Beavercreek and have shaped the path for the future of the community. City officials and other members said they will be missed.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.