MAYVILLE – Outgoing Chautauqua County Legislator Mark Odell (R, District 7) was known to have a strong reputation on both sides of the aisle.
A Legislature meeting last Wednesday proved to be an example of that after Odell recently announced he would be resigning from his seat effective Aug. 17. The Legislature, along with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel, honored Odell for his service with an official proclamation prior to the voting portion of the meeting. The Executive and Odell spent time on the Legislature together when Wendel was the Legislative Chairman.
WNY News Now spoke with Wendel following the meeting. He explains that Odell’s departure will be a great loss for the County as a whole.
“Legislator Odell has served his community well, he’s served the Legislature well,” Wendel said. “Very disappointed to see him leave and wish him the best as he goes on to other endeavors. But big shoes to fill by his replacement.”
Wendel says that Odell played an instrumental role in planning and economic development for Chautauqua County, including his involvement with the CCIDA. He furthers that the town committees that he represents will be responsible for making a recommendation on Odell’s replacement.
State Senator George Borrello also expressed his gratitude for Odell’s service.