Niagara County Legislator Gerald K. "Butch" Farnham, R-Lockport, announced he will retire from the Niagara County Legislature when his term ends on Dec. 31.
Farnham has represented the 7th Legislative District in the Legislature since 1998.
"It has truly been an honor and privilege serving the residents of the towns of Pendleton and Lockport as their voice in Niagara County's government," Farnham said on announcing his retirement plans.
"After much discussion with my wife, Elaine, over the past several weeks, I decided it was time to spend more time with my family, focus on my health, and continue enjoying activities such as my farming and agricultural interests," Farnham, who is 66, said. "It was indeed a difficult decision, but I know it's the right one for us at this time."
"Most people are aware that I was involved with a construction accident not too long ago, and unfortunately the healing has not occurred as rapidly as I had hoped," Farnham added. "When I do something, I put my whole heart and soul into it. And the rigors of another campaign, such as going door-to-door several times a week, were just not possible this time around."
Farnham, a retired deputy highway superintendent from the Town of Pendleton, focused much of his efforts on the Niagara County Legislature in the areas of infrastructure, public works, agriculture and administration. Farnham currently serves as deputy majority leader, chairman of the Niagara County Refuse Disposal District, vice chairman of the Public Works Committee, and as a member of the Administration Committee.
During his 13-year tenure, Farnham also served as minority leader and as chairman of the administration, public works and parks committees.
Farnham said he is most proud of his efforts to bring two highly qualified persons to lead Niagara County government as county manager. Farnham noted he had the honor of serving as a member of the first county manager screening committee that chose Gregory D. Lewis as Niagara County's first administrator in 2003, and last summer chaired the screening committee that chose Jeffrey M. Glatz to succeed Lewis.
"I have worked hard to bring real accountability to county government, to keep taxes and fees down, and to protect our agricultural lands and waterways," Farnham said. "I have no regrets whatsoever, and I am truly humbled that I was given this extraordinary opportunity to serve."