Gabbard resigns from city commission

A recent move has led to the resignation of a member of the Seymour Redevelopment Commission.

Kevin Gabbard announced Monday he is stepping down from the board after six years because he has moved outside of city limits, making him ineligible to serve in an official capacity in city government.

He said he wasn’t happy he had to quit, but he wanted to do the right thing.

If the city ever decided to annex the area near Shadowood Golf Course where he has moved, Gabbard said he would be willing to serve again.

“I’ve enjoyed my time on the commission very much,” he said. “You guys do a good job, and I feel like you’re making a big difference in the community.”

The redevelopment commission, established in 2008, is responsible for investing revenue from the city’s tax increment finance districts to improve the city.

It has helped fund Crossroads Community Park in downtown Seymour, road and sewer work, improvements downtown and the Jackson County Learning Center. The commission will provide funding for the Burkart Boulevard south bypass and renovations to One Chamber Square in the near future.

Gabbard was appointed to the board by the city council after the resignation of Dennis Kern in 2012.

The council will now have to appoint another representative to the commission. Other members include President Mike Jordan, John Reinhart, Mark Dennis and Jeff Richey.

Jordan thanked Gabbard for his service on the board.

“He has been a wonderful asset,” Jordan said.

Gabbard has been a longtime supporter of the Seymour community and remains involved in other organizations.

Besides the redevelopment commission, Gabbard has been active with the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, Jackson County United Way, Jackson County Industrial Development Corp., Seymour Industrial Corp., Community Foundation of Jackson County and Jackson County Visitor Center.

When not volunteering his time for the community, Gabbard works as vice president of business banking at First Financial Bank in Seymour.