RICHLAND, Wash. - After 16 years of serving as a Benton County Commissioner, Leo Bowman is fully enjoying his first week of retirement.
The 73-year-old left office on the first of January and has spent most of his time in his shop at his Richland home.
The former Benton County Commissioner says he does not have many plans aside from adding some more sawdust to the floor. He is in the process of making a cradle for his great grandson that's coming into the world next month.
He says after 16 years of service, he is going to miss the people the most, but he is proud of the progress he has seen.
"We built the Justice Center, did not have to raise taxes. We built the inter-tie road, did not have to raise taxes. We built a lot of road projects and did not have to raise taxes. it's the budgeting issues I'm real pleased with if you will, the financial condition of the county which I left," Bowman said.
Bowman's seat was filled by Jerome Delvin, who was sworn into office last week.
Delvin resigned his role as state senator and county commissioners will choose his replacement later this month.