WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — The City of Warner Robins paid special recognition to Houston County Chairman Tommy Stalnaker at city council.
In February, he announced his retirement at the end of the year.
Stalnaker has been serving Houston County for 50 years now. Of the 50 years, 38 were as a county employee in the public works department and the last 12 as commission chairman.
"We all stand on somebody else's shoulders and I stood on other people's shoulders to get to where I am at today. The only thing I can say is the togetherness that we have in this county, as far as the local governments in this county, working together is one of the reasons we have had the successes that we have had in this county," Stalnaker said.
When he was first elected to that role in 2010, Stalnaker was the third full-time chairman in Houston County history.
Chairman Stalnaker honored at Warner Robins City Council
Monday night, Warner Robins mayor and council individually spoke about him and gave him a few gifts. Stalnaker says he wasn't expecting such a big presentation.
"I certainly don't expect this kind of going away or even a thank you like this. I did it because I love this county. Regardless of where you live in this county, I want to see it prosper and grow and all. We have had a lot of growth over 50 years and I have been a very small part of it," Stalnaker said.
Dan Perdue will be taking over as Houston County chairman next year.