INDIAN TRAIL – After serving on town council for eight years, David Cohn said goodbye to his fellow council members Dec. 10.
Cohn, holding back tears, reflected on his time as commissioner and the changes he has seen in the town. He joked that he always referred to himself as “the dumbest person in the room” so that he could only go up from there.
In his time on council, he worked with 16 different council people and four different town managers, but this board stood out to him.
“This is by far, I think, the best council we’ve ever had,” Cohn said. “We’ve changed the image of the town, we’ve changed the image of our council and I’ve enjoyed working with all of you. Together, I believe we brought integrity back to our council. And for that, I thank you.”
Cohn also said he felt every person on the board served for the right reasons and made decisions that would benefit the town.
Two of his personal proudest accomplishments were fighting to keep the town’s sheriff’s department as its police station and scrutinizing the town’s garbage contract, both saving taxpayer money, Cohn said.
He also said one of his proudest accomplishments was establishing two new parks, something that was in the works for seven years. Cohn personally thanked Parks and Recreation Manager Hayden Kramer for the work he did on the town’s park system.
Each of Cohn’s fellow council members thanked him for his service to the town. Many credited him with eliminating corruption in the town’s government and expressed how much they will miss working with him.
“You worked tirelessly on the parks and always did what was right,” Mayor Michael Alvarez said. “You’ve taught me a lot and I’ve enjoyed working alongside you … I hope we continue your legacy of always doing the right thing for the right reason and continue the path of Indian Trail.”
Councilman Marcus McIntyre recalled speaking to Cohn the first time Cohn ran for office. Though Cohn said he was a Republican, McIntyre was impressed by Cohn’s commitment to the town’s parks.
“I had no choice but to vote for him,” McIntyre said. “He made me a believer. He said what he was going to do and he did it.”
Now serving alongside Cohn, McIntyre calls him a “surrogate father.” He thanked Cohn for his service to the town and his advice in many situations.
Councilman Todd Barber will take Cohn’s spot on the council in 2020. Jerry Morse said Barber would have “big shoes to fill” in Cohn’s absence.
Before concluding, Cohn took the time to remember Captain Chase Coble, with whom he was close friends with.
“You were one of a kind,” Cohn said. “You made our town a great town and the world a better place to live. You made me a better person and councilperson. I will remember you for as long as I live.”
Cohn said he learned more in his eight years on council than in the last 20 years. He hopes the council will continue to work to make Indian Trail the best it can be.
“Even though I won’t be sitting on council, I ask all my Indian Trail friends and my fellow councilmen and women to continue to strive to make this the best town in the United States to live in,” Cohn said. “Thank you all who have believed in me and helped us make a positive difference in our town.”