Our View: Hats off to Bob Drake | SierraSun.com

Our View: Hats off to Bob Drake

The Town of Truckee is losing one of its most influential figures.

Town Councilman Bob Drake has announced he will be retiring at the end of May after serving nearly eight years on the council. Drake is the last remaining of the original Town Council elected after Truckee incorporated in 1993.

In his impressive career, Drake has worked for town, county and state government. He has worked for the California Department of Justice and served on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

But it is his work in Truckee that Drake will be remembered best for.

During his term as mayor in 1997, Drake helped secure emergency relief and funding after the terrific floods that tore the town apart. Drake also has been involved in designing the Glenshire Bridge, establishing the Veteran’s Historic Eagle Monument, forming a Town Logo Committee, and far more than we could list here.

Drake has also been a valuable advocate for forming the Truckee Police Department. After many years of work and discussion, that dream is about to come true this fall.

Despite being one of the more conservative members of the council, Drake still went out of his way to be a representative for every person in Truckee, no matter their political leanings.

We enjoyed his frequent visits to the Sierra Sun offices over the past few years, and even got a kick out of his needling of us for being “the liberal media.” Government and the media don’t always get on so well, but Bob Drake made our job easier.

Our thanks to Bob Drake for his hard work shaping the Town of Truckee, and best wishes to him in his next endeavors.

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