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L'worth's 'Boss Hogg' honored


July 25, 2012
Former Leavenworth Town Council President John Stutzman was the man of the hour Saturday evening. Everywhere you turned in the Breeden Memorial Library and Leavenworth Community Center you couldn't help but see him.

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John Stutzman, right, who served on the Leavenworth Town Council for 23 years before resigning last December, talks with Sam Swan during a surprise retirement party Saturday evening at the Breeden Memorial Library and Leavenworth Community Center. Photo by Chris Adams
More than 50 family, friends and townspeople, most of whom donned T-shirts with Stutzman's photo on the front, surprised the 23-year council member who retired last December with "The Boss Hogg Retirement Party."

Randy Coleman, who worked for Stutzman's father at the former Lock and Dam No. 44, said both were good leaders.

"They both got something done," he said.

During Stutzman's time on the council, Coleman said, that included the addition of a recycling center, revitalization of the town park, construction of the Leavenworth Community Center and Breeden Memorial Library (and later helping keep it open), construction of a new wastewater treatment facility, a sewer line to the old town and to Carefree, upgrading the old Lock and Dam No. 44 property and a new flag pole and flag in front of the town hall.

"He's done a lot of things I haven't mentioned," Coleman said.

Stutzman, who was appointed to the town council on Oct. 12, 1988, is a man of faith who never has been afraid to share it, Coleman said, adding people like that are needed as leaders.

Before presenting Stutzman with a commemorative plaque, Coleman offered one more bit of praise: "The thing I want to close with is John Stutzman always put the needs of others first."

Stutzman, however, credited all of those whom he served along, including, but not limited to, former council members Russ Breeden and Hobart Sweeney and past clerk-treasurers Bob LaHue and Bonnie Young. He also said longtime town employee Ed Young and resident David Wilkins helped improve Leavenworth.

"If you want to get anything done, you have to have people who will work with you and support you, and I thank God, because I had those people," Stutzman said.

The retirement party also included refreshments and a framed photo of Stutzman as a child for people to sign and a book for them to share their memories.

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