One of the Valley’s most influential and productive municipal leaders is retiring after nearly 50 years of service. A Clovis City Council member for 46 years, Harry Armstrong is calling it a career. A celebration Monday night honored the impact he’s made in Clovis and Fresno County.
“There will never be another Harry Armstrong”
Those words are being said over and over tonight as politicians, colleagues, and Clovis residents speak words of appreciation for a man who has done so much for so long for the city of Clovis.
Both colleagues and Clovis residents say Armstrong was instrumental in the development of Clovis and its surrounding communities during his 46 years of leadership.
Armstrong says the accomplishments he’s most proud of in his career center on transportation including his role is getting highway 168 and 180 built through Fresno County.
But it was Armstrong’s relationship and love for the people of Clovis that will be treasured forever.
“Just the 50 years of legacy we can all be proud of. Harry put his heart and soul into this community and I think it’s shown. I admire how he dealt with the community and constituents,” said Clovis City Manager Robert Woolley.
Armstrong was honored during Monday night’s city council meeting where October 17th, 2016 was proclaimed “Harry Armstrong Day”.
“I’m very touched I really don’t deserve this. It’s the people in the community that has made Clovis what it is not me, but they’ve been great supporters. God bless every one of them I love them,” said Armstrong.
Armstrong was working for Foster Farms and worked on the planning commission for four years before he was elected to the Clovis City Council back in 1970.