The Tazewell County Board honored retiring Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston and retiring Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

"I’ve enjoyed my job,” said Huston. “It’s been the greatest job I’ve ever had. I always wanted to be a police officer, and I thank God I got to be one. I also want to thank the (Tazewell County) board. Jeff Lower, who is going to be the new sheriff, was telling me today that he’s heard horror stories from other sheriffs about their relationship with their county boards. We’ve never had that. I had a great partnership with this county board and a great partnership is a wonderful thing.”

Tazewell County Board Vice Chairman Tim Neuhauser presented Huston and Webb with plaques in recognition of their combined 60 years of service.

“I can honestly say that this (board) has been a second family for almost two-thirds of my life,” said Webb. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I’ve been blessed with wonderful people to work with, and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Also attending their final board meeting were departing Tazewell County Coroner Brian Foley and board members John Redlingshafer, Brett Grimm and Andrew Rinehart.

“You’re all going to stay local, I hope,” said Neuhauser. “So, if your phones ring from time to time when we need some help with some things, I’m sure you’ll be there for us.”

In new business, the board unanimously approved an amendment to the Official Groveland Map of Tazewell County, financing options for $1,080,135 worth of capital projects, and the sale of a used X-ray security scanner.

Also meeting unanimously approval were a series of transfer requests, agreements for animal and rabies control services with several communities throughout Tazewell County, agreements with Pekin Animal Hospital and Rescued Heart Animal Hospital to serve as deputy administrators of Tazewell County Animal and Rabies Control, and a contract for alarm installation and monitoring at the Tazewell County Animal Control facility in Tremont.