A reception was held Friday afternoon as the community said goodbye to long-time Christian County Attorney Mike Foster as he retires from that post.
Foster has served that capacity since 1981 and his successor, John Soyars, told a crowd at the Christian County Justice Center that Foster has treated everyone with dignity, respect and compassion while always maintaining good cheer.
Foster’s influence has affected Christian County in ways that many residents don’t know, such as getting water service to Oak Grove, establishment of the Hopkinsville Senior Citizen’s Center and much, much more. Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says Foster has been his friend for over 50 years and always had the best interests of the county in mind, even when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Foster would go on to beat cancer. Bob Arnold says Christian County is very blessed to have had an advocate like Mike Foster.
Foster himself addressed the crowd, saying the years of service have been both a blessing and an honor and he hopes he has helped make the community a better place for everyone.
He was presented with a key to the City of Hopkinsville and presented to a recognition declaring it Mike Foster Day. Several others spoke, including Judge Jason Fleming, Judge Jim Adams and Kentucky Association of Counties Brian Roy.
Each of them told stories of the good humor, integrity and passion Foster brought to not only the County Attorney’s Office but to the people of Christian County as a whole.