By Allison Collins
AFTON – Longtime Afton resident and community contributor Robert Briggs will be recognized next month as the Great Afton Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.
Chamber secretary Judy Hinman said Briggs was chosen from a pool of 12 citizen candidates.
During the anonymous nomination process, which began in February, one chamber member wrote: “Bob moved to the Afton area in 1961 and has been helping (here) ever since. He is always friendly, kind and very interested in all the happenings in Afton.”
Briggs’ service includes more than a decade on the Afton School Board, with 10 years as its president and the distinction of being named “School Board Member of the Year” in 1985; a 24-year tenure as Afton Town Supervisor; time on the Chenango County Board of Supervisors and one term as chairman therein; and involvement with the Afton Fair Board, Afton Sertoma and Afton Historical Society. Additionally, Briggs held positions on the Chenango County Farm Bureau and the Chenango County Soil and Water Committee.
Briggs, 87, said he was surprised to hear of his recognition.
“I’m very pleased,” he said.
“I’m sure there are other people deserving of it, but I’m very pleased.”
Briggs said his decades of civic service were motivated by pride in Afton and a hope to help the community succeed.
“I enjoyed it and I liked to see Afton do well,” he said. “I’m very proud of the time I spent on the school board and the 24 years I spent as town supervisor.”