Departing Avondale Estates commissioners give advice to replacements
Commissioners John Quinn and Lindsay Forlines attended their last City Commission meeting on Dec. 14.
Quinn was defeated in the Nov. 3 city elections after one term, and Forlines opted not to seek a second term.
During their time on the commission they dealt with complex issues like downtown development and annexation. It wasn’t always easy or fun, but they learned enough to impart some wisdom to their replacements: Brian Fisher and Adela Yelton.
Quinn offered a word of caution.
“Everything that you said during the campaign process people will remember and they’ll hold you to it, but in addition to that, things that you never said they’ll misremember and also hold you accountable for that,” Quinn said. “People on occasion will question your honor, your integrity your common sense and your sanity. Don’t take it personally. It’s because everyone loves this community so much and cares about it.”
Forlines was reminded of a quote she’d seen earlier in the day:
“A conclusion is just the point where you decide to quit thinking.”
“Finished is better than perfect,” Forlines said. “That’s why sometimes it takes us so long to do something. You think you know the answer, then you learn what the question really was.”
Yelton, who attended the meeting with Fisher, thanked commissioners for their service.
“Thank you to John Quinn and Lindsay Forlines,” Yelton said. “I know you leave some big shoes to fill. I don’t know what your shoe size is … You’ve set the bar high.”
The new commissioners, as well as Mayor Jonathan Elmore who ran unopposed, will be sworn in this January.