BY CALEB ALEXANDER
Randy Linthicum’s exit as a member of the New Baden Village Board at its most recent meeting was a graceful one, filled with humility and comments reflecting his dedication to the community.
Linthicum could have run for reelection as trustee for a term of four years but instead ran for mayor. Not getting elected means he had to leave his board seat. He was appointed to it in 2017. His final full meeting on the board was April 20 but he was at the one on May 4 as part of turning over his position to his successor who is Cindi Meredith-Wheelan.
“I got beat fair and square,” Linthicum said about the election for mayor.
He then congratulated the new mayor Taylor Zurliene and wished him well. Randy also thanked the village clerk Teri Crane and treasurer Casey Pierce for the job they have done. He said they gave him everything he ever asked from them and called them “the heart of what goes on in this town.”
He thanked Tom Kuhn who was also on the village board and decided not to run again this year. Linthicum said he appreciated Kuhn for “staying with me and fighting some of those battles we had.”
When he said he would continue to do things for the village, Linthicum joked that maybe he could be a dog catcher. He closed by saying he would be glad to do anything he could do.