This is the type of column I'm never comfortable writing, and I've only written it once before.
I'd like to announce that I'm stepping down as editor of The Platte County-Record Times. For those of you who aren't aware, I'm moving away to marry and forever be with the love of my life. Our wedding is later this month.
I have mixed feelings about leaving, and I'd be lying if I said I was entirely prepared for the emotions. On one hand, I'm very happy to start anew and naturally joyful to be with my fiancee, who has lived very far away from me for the past two years of our relationship. On the other side of the proverbial coin, it saddens me to leave the comfort of my three-year home, my job and of course the people of Platte County and Wyoming.
On the whole, the job experience has been great. From a career aspect, being more or less a one-man editorial department is valuable experience I'm confident will help me in the long run. I like to think of it as career fertilizer of sorts.
On a personal level, the job can and has been very stressful at times. However, looking out for the community, writing dozens of fun features and interesting news stories, covering sports and many other factors make the job and the paper well worth the effort.
Covering sports in particular has been a treat for me while with The Record-Times. I'm sure those who follow us on Facebook probably already know that as I won't stop talking about our athletes. I seldom covered sports in my previous journalism jobs. Live coverage, getting to know the players, coaches and sometimes the games themselves, analyzing stats and standing very close (sometimes too close, but I don't have the bruises to prove it) to all the action all blend together to form an immensely enjoyable aspect of my work.
Sometimes it's tough to gauge what you all really think about the paper. the cards and emails of thanks and support are lovely, though, and I'm humbled and grateful to all of you who sent them. It really does add fuel to the fire. For you who have constructive criticism, I applaud those of you who spoke up when you deemed necessary and encourage those who haven't to do so.
I'd like to thank my fellow staff, Teri, Karry, Ton and Amanda, for their important work in putting our publication together. I'd also like to thank my contributors, including but certainly not limited to writer Pat Mitchell and photographer Tony Montoya. Your help and dedication is invaluable, and I know the people of Platte County appreciate it.
On a personal note, there have been so many people in southeast Wyoming who have shown me an unprecedented level of kindness, asking nothing in return. Whether I ask for help or not, there are many of you who lend me a helping hand and I just can't thank you enough.
I hope you see my brief recording of Platte County's history as a period where the paper reached a new level. Additionally, I hope my successor will hold up the standards we've set and lift them to greater levels than what I've helped produce.
It's truly been a privilege to serve you, dear readers. I'm humbled and forever grateful to Wyoming Newspapers, Inc. and all of those who had enough faith in me to trust a primary information service in my hands. I hope you all found that faith well placed.
For reasons of love, though, I respectfully depart. Goodbye and God bless you, Platte County. Until we meet again!