Nash County commissioners took time out earlier this week to honor outgoing Commissioner Lou Richardson.

Richardson, who is retiring from the board, will be replaced by Marvin Arrington, who will assume the District 1 seat at the board’s Dec. 7 meeting.

Richardson has served on the board for 25 years. She was appointed to the District 1 seat after her husband, former Commissioner Kermit Richardson, died in 1995. Since then, she has been elected to the seat in every election since her appointment.

“During her long tenure as a member of the Board of County Commissioners of Nash County, Lou Richardson has always worked diligently to represent the needs of all Nash County citizens, and her service, wisdom and guidance to Nash County have contributed to the growth and economic welfare of Nash County,” county commissioners stated in a resolution approved Monday.

During her tenure on the board, Richardson has seen many changes in Nash County and has contributed to the completion of several projects that have enriched the residents of Nash County. Some of these efforts include the addition of a Senior Services Department and two operating Senior Centers and the establishment of a Human Resources Department.

She also was a part of the beginning of a Public Utilities Department, which has since expanded as Nash County now owns and operates the Central Nash Water and Sewer System and currently is establishing the Northern Nash Water System. The establishment of a countywide Parks and Recreation Department came during her tenure, and Richardson was an especially strong supporter of this endeavor, according to the resolution.

Richardson long has been an important contributor to the pollical process in Nash County and has been a member of the Nash County Democratic Women for 35 years. She also has demonstrated her public service in numerous ways by serving on various committees and being an active member of the Pine Chapel Baptist Church for more than 70 years, the resolution stated.

“Mrs. Richardson’s excellent attendance record at Board of Commissioner meetings, joint school board meetings, special called meetings and recess meetings is strong evidence of her dedication to Nash County, and her love for Nash County is exceeded only by the deep love she has for her family,” Nash County commissioners stated in the resolution. “The efforts and contributions of Mrs. Richardson will be long remembered and appreciated by her fellow commissioners and the citizens of Nash County.”