Long-time Oxford city council member Terry Smith resigned from the council, Mayor Jerry Roseberry announced today.
Smith and his wife Kathie, said Roseberry, recently sold their Oxford home to buy his mother-in-law’s home in Covington.
“We will miss Terry and Kathie for the many years of service they have given the Oxford community," Roseberry said. “Terry served 18 years on the council and Kathy has been a valued volunteer for many city projects.”
Smith said his wife’s family had purchased the house in 1960 and “Kathie had moved there in the ninth grade.”
He said during his tenure on the council, “until we went to a city form of government, we were driven by committees. For 15 years, I was chair of the utilities department so I dealt with the infrastructure of the city.”
Oxford went to a city manager form of government in 2012.
He said he would miss the opportunity to work with the mayor, members of the city council and city employees, and “all the good things we’ve been able to do over the last 18 years to improve the city of Oxford.
“The strength of the city of Oxford is the citizens and they’ve done a very good job of electing council members and mayors to work on their behalf,” he said. “That can be seen in the work that’s been done over the last 20 years – at least, since I’ve been part of it.”
Saying there were quite a few projects in the pipeline, Smith said the mayor and council “will continue to build and improve the city of Oxford.”
Retired from construction industry sales, Smith said, “I’m not sure what the future will hold in politics, but I’ll attend the city of Covington meetings to see what they’re doing … but there’s nothing right now.”