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County bids farewell to longtime County Commissioner Mike Hayward.

A jovial and appreciative group of people gathered Friday night at Cloverleaf Hall for the farewell roast of Wallowa County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Hayward, who served 19 years on the commission before recently announcing his intent to retire to become general manager of Wallowa Grain Growers.

Luminaries who attended the event included State Sen. Bill Hansell; State Rep. Greg Barreto; Union County Commissioner Mark Davidson; Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart; Association of Oregon Counties Executive Director Mike McArthur and Umatilla County Commissioner George Murdock. Hayward’s family attended the event as well.

Hayward farewellCounty commissioner Susan Roberts spearheaded the event and acted as emcee. Hors d’oeuvres were served by the Red Rooster Cafe, while El Bajio’s restaurant provided cocktails.

Although the event was billed as a roast, speakers took few jabs at the departing commissioner. Rather, speaker after speaker, including Hayward’s wife Bev, testified to Hayward’s huge impact on the community and his devotion to his commissioner duties.

In a fitting end to the event, Hayward himself took to the podium, thanking the citizens of Wallowa County for their support over the years. He mentioned several commissioners he knew who were voted out of office for not spending enough time in their counties.

“Yet, all I had here in Wallowa County were citizens thanking me for being willing to be gone away from my family in Salem, and I think that says something for the people of W