Reynolds retires after 29 years serving Avon
AVON — After about 780 Town Council meetings and 5,000 hours spent in Town Hall, Albert, “Buz,” Reynolds’ 29 years of community service to the town has come to an end.
For the final time Tuesday, Reynolds took his seat on the council and was honored for his commitment to public service, which began in 1983.
“I’ll still be here. I’ll still be part of the town,” Reynolds said. “Thanks to the people of Avon for the four times they elected me to this council. And also thank you to the town staff; I’m very close with town employees and I really appreciate the job they do.”
Reynolds first entered Avon’s government as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, serving 13 years before being elected to Town Council in 1996. After his first four-year term, he was elected as mayor pro tem in 2000 and mayor in 2002. Then, Reynolds took a four-year break from town government before being elected to council again in 2009.
“I consider Buz the town of Avon’s library — full of knowledge,” said Gary Padilla, of the public works department.
“You’ve always represented the community as a whole,” Scott Wright of the finance department said.
“Your hand is all over the town of Avon, and the town is better for it,” town attorney Eric Heil said.
Members of the current Town Council expressed their thanks to Reynolds as well, with many saying they learned from him the proper way to be a council member.
“I always try to emulate your ability to stay calm,” council member Jake Wolf said. Wolf, who’s worked with Reynolds during the past four years, added, “I can’t thank you enough.”
“Your love and passion for this town are evident, and it’s inspirational,” council member Megan Burch said. “We’re so fortunate that we had the time we had.”
‘PART OF THE SOLUTION’
Reynolds arrived in Avon as many people do — as a skier. He was urged by his father, Albert J. Reynolds — “Buz Sr.” — to begin his service to the town, telling his son, “You don’t have the right to complain about things if you don’t want to be part of the solution.”
Those words motivated Reynolds into public service, where he would join his father serving Avon. His father served on Avon’s council from 1988-1992 and as mayor from 1992-1996.
As part of the recognition of their service, a bench has been installed at Nottingham Lake at Buz’s Place, honoring both Reynolds and his father for their commitment to the town. A proclamation was read on Tuesday announcing Oct. 11, 2016, as Councilor Buz Reynolds Day, recognizing and thanking him as an exemplary leader and mentor.
“You exemplify leadership,” Town Manager Virginia Egger said. “First and foremost, you really love this community.”
Egger went on to thank Reynolds’ family members attending his final Town Hall meeting, saying “It takes a family.” Among family members sitting in town hall was Reynolds’ infant grandson, wearing a “Future Mayor” shirt.
Avon Police Chief Greg Daly presented Reynolds with a token on behalf of the Avon Police Department, honoring the council member’s mission to make a difference in the community.
“You embody to me a mountain community spirit,” said Jane Burden, of the transit department.
As chants of “four more years” rang across town hall, Reynolds took his seat with the other council members for one last time.
“It’s been a fun ride,” he said.
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