TROY — Committing himself to public service for nearly four decades, Alan Clark steps away from civic duty as a city councilman for the last 12 years next week.
Prior to being elected to serve on city council six times, Clark was a Troy police officer for 27 years.
Clark said it was his privilege and honor to serve the residents of Troy.
“I ran for office because I believe that public service is the highest calling,” Clark said Monday. “I believe if you want to make a change for the good and betterment of the whole, while positively contributing to that goal, then he or she should take up the challenge. That is precisely what I hope I personally accomplished.”
Clark shared that one of his most memorable actions while on council was a grassroots campaign — a non-smoking ordinance in the city’s restaurants — several months before the issue was passed by the state voters in November 2006. The proposal was first brought to Clark’s attention by Troy school students. Clark shared how he had to file a minority report since as a committee member before it went to council.
“As it turned out, the state passed a similar ordinance that very year,” Clark shared. “This grassroots action by our local students is exactly what I encourage; that is involvement in local government.”
One of Clark’s favorite “perks” as a member of council was sharing how civic government works and all its demands to keep the city they live in running.
“As a Boy Scout of America adviser for the Government/Civic merit badge, I would have the opportunity to talk to young scouts about the workings of our local government, answer their questions, and explain my particular responsibilities,’ he said.
Clark also shared how he enjoyed his involvement as a board member of the Troy Rec for 15 years, Mayor’s Downtown Round Table, Men’s Republican Club, Troy Main Street, National Night Out Against Crime, Teen Leadership Troy, the Troy Classic Bike Race, a BSA troop assistant scout master as well as a community volunteer and supporter.
“I would highly recommend and encourage anyone in the community to be involved in their community, volunteering or running for public office. It is truly a team effort,” Clark shared.
Clark announced Jan. 30 he would not seek another term on council to leave more time to travel and to visit friends and family, including children grandchildren who live out of state.
Troy resident John Terwilliger ran unopposed for Clark’s seat in the November election. He will be sworn in office on Dec. 30 at City Hall.
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