Lyndon Bode, Marion County's presiding commissioner for the past 24 years, oversaw his final commission meeting Thursday morning at the courthouse in Palmyra.
Bode called it a day of "mixed emotions."
"I really enjoyed being a commissioner and hate to go, but it's the will of the people," he said. "When you are in politics that's what it's all about. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don't, and you have to be ready for either way."
In November, Bode lost by 559 votes to David Lomax.
Bode leaves office with a sense of satisfaction.
"We have got a lot of things accomplished and I am proud of that and happy about that," he said.
Among the county's major projects that have taken place during Bode's tenure are the replacement of 60 bridges in rural areas, planning and construction of Veterans Road near Hannibal, the extension of County Road 266 near Palmyra, the complete renovation of both courthouses, construction of the new highway facility and the switch from using river gravel to white rock on the county's 430 miles of gravel roads. Also counted as accomplishments by Bode were 24 years of balanced county budgets and maintaining the lowest tax rates that are levied by the commission in Northeast Missouri.
Bode drew praise from fellow commissioners, Larry Welch and Steve Begley. Also offering their appreciation and best wishes were a handful of county officials in attendance.
To ensure a smooth transition, Bode has been working with Lomax.
As one chapter in his life ends, Bode is uncertain what the future holds in store for him.
"Over the next couple of months we will try to figure out what my next step will be career-wise," he said. "I have a couple of leads, but nothing is set in stone. We will just wait and see what falls into place and what opens up over the next couple of months."