State Rep. Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston, was on hand at the June 21 South Thomaston Select Board meeting to present local resident John Spear with a framed copy of an official Sentiment from the Maine Legislature.

The Sentiment, introduced in the Legislature by Kruger and Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, was enacted by both the House and Senate this past March. It recognizes that South Thomaston dedicated its 2016 Town Report to Spear in appreciation for his years of service to the town in a variety of capacities.

The Sentiment lists Spear’s contributions, including his 11 years as a member of the Select Board, as well as serving on the town’s Solid Waste Committee, Planning Board, Budget Committee and in other volunteer positions. It also notes that Spear served as South Thomaston’s Administrator from November 2013 to April 2015, and the fact that after retiring he returned in 2015 to temporarily fill in as interim administrator.

Spear was a longtime business manager for the former School Administrative District 50, a fact also noted by the Sentiment. Spear also served as town manager in Vinalhaven and Waldoboro.

Part of the Town Report dedication, quoted by the Sentiment, notes that Spear “has been a mentor, advisor and friend for those with whom he has worked.”

Also in attendance at the presentation was Dorothy Meriwether, who was on the Select Board when the decision was made to dedicate the 2016 Town Report to Spear.

Spear thanked Kruger and the Select Board for the recognition and noted, “It continues to be a pleasure to serve this community.”