It may be a cliche to refer to an event as “the end of an era,” but sometimes there is no more appropriate description. That’s the case with the announcement by Frostburg Mayor Arthur Bond that he will retire from office on July 5.
We can think of few people, present or past, who are more familiar with the intricacies of government in Allegany County than Bond.
He served five terms as mayor of Frostburg and five terms as an Allegany County commissioner, recording more than 30 years of public service.
When he announced his retirement at last week’s Frostburg Mayor and Council meeting, those attending expressed their feelings by giving him a well-deserved standing ovation.
Although there have been times that we may have disagreed with him, there were many more when we were in agreement. There was always a sense of mutual respect and the awareness on our part that Bond was doing what he believed was the right thing to do for his constituents.
Also — like The Godfather said — Bond has always been able to separate what was personal from what was business, and there is a genuine friendliness to him that we have appreciated.
In our interview with him, Bond said of his public service career, “That’s what it’s all about — serving and helping others.” Many who have been associated with him would say that’s the way he’s done it.
He has been a success at helping to bring jobs to Allegany County and creating vital public works projects like the Piney Dam, and he has been a champion for both senior citizens and young people. Unlike some who have been in public office, Bond has always realized that only so much money is available, and he has done his best to see it was used wisely.
Although he will no longer be in government, we have no doubt he will continue doing what he has always done — make our community a better place to live. We thank him and wish him well.