Although Jerry Fichter has served and is still serving on the City Council after many years, it was the six years as Mayor that she was honored for last Thursday by the community.
Over 100 people attended the reception in her honor to give thanks and credit where credit was due. Former fellow council person Dan Boeger gave the invocation. Former Mayor Frank Cook spoke of the accomplishments Fichter saw through fruition during her time as Mayor such as the Hazel and Highway 99 arch and the Skateboard Park. Former Councilman Tom Sanford thanked Fichter for her years of dedicated service.
“America” was sung by Codie Warren beautifully, filling in for her father John who was ill.
Refreshments were plentiful thanks to the ladies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where the event was held. Charla and Bert Nielsen were instrumental in the planning along with Heather and Ben Payne. The Chamber of Commerce was also involved with former President Cathy Mills thanking Fichter for her commitment to the City.
JoAn Townsend, Board member of the Butte County Fair and Fair Board Secretary Christy Howe presented a certificate of appreciation for her support of the fair over many years.
Assemblyman Dan Logue presented Fichter with a proclamation and thanked her for years of loyal service to the City.
Butte County Supervisors Steve Lambert and Bill Connally were also in attendance, along with City of Gridley Mayor Jeff Draper and Vice Mayor Pedro Mota.
Also representing the City of Gridley were Chief of Police Gary Keeler, Recreation Coordinator Malanee Montero and Retired Chief of Police Jack Storne.
City of Biggs Mayor Roger Frith was in attendance with his wife Mary along with Vice Mayor Bo Sheppard and Councilman John Busch.
Councilman John Rawlings of the town of Paradise was also in attendance.