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By Proclamation: November 12, 2021 is Rick Brough Day

Nan Chalat Noaker

After a 35 year career at KPCW, Summit County Reporter Rick Brough is retiring as of November 12th. By proclamation, the Summit County Council is declaring that Friday as Rick Brough Day.

With no meeting next week, Wednesday will be the final Summit County Council meeting that Rick Brough will report on for KPCW and he is one of the agenda items. Summit County Manager Tom Fisher says the council has prepared Proclamation 2021-22 honoring Rick for his final meeting before retirement.

“Rick,” said Fisher, “is a stalwart reporter for the county and reports on everything related to the county and has been going to planning commission meetings, and on the two sides of the county and county council meetings for decades. He pretty much knows everything that the county does and works on, and all the people involved, and we really appreciate how he helps us, and helps KPCW, provide a real transparent process of local government for Summit County.”

In the proclamation, it’s noted that Rick has served as a dedicated journalist covering Summit County news with distinction and integrity and will also be recognized as the longest serving employee at KPCW, since the station signed on in 1980.

According to the proclamation, Rick has served as a fixture at the Summit County courthouse for weekly meetings and the election ballot tabulation and there have been many elected and appointed officials in the community who rely on his reporting to explain just what happened at that week’s planning commission or county council meeting.

It's not every day that the county recognizes an individual by naming a day after that person. Fisher says county officials wanted to recognize Rick’s amazing work ethic and journalism standards.

“Rick is one of those quiet people that just does his job,” Fisher said, “and he does it well, and he does it fairly. He works well with the council members about making sure that they're lined up to come on their interviews and be ready. And, you know, we hope there's another Rick out there sometime in the future that can help Summit County, and all of its residents, stay informed on everything that's going on.”

Rick will join Randy Barton on the Local View on Friday, November 12th between 3 and 4 pm when we’ll be taking your calls to send Broughie off to retirement with your well wishes.