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Gulf Stream: Thrasher gets warm send-off from town officials, employees

William Thrasher and his wife, Phyllis, laugh at the oversized key Gulf Stream police presented him

at his retirement party. The Thrashers bought a Winnebago to tour parks across the country and lost the keys.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett
    The last week of April was longtime Town Manager William Thrasher’s last week to roam Town Hall.
    On April 27, Gulf Stream’s municipal employees and police officers gathered in Town Hall for lunch and a cake to honor Thrasher the day before his retirement took effect.
    At the Town Commission’s April 17 meeting, Mayor Scott Morgan proclaimed the day to be William H. Thrasher Day “in recognition of the 21 years of outstanding and dedicated service.”
    People who worked with Thrasher “benefited from his professionalism, wealth of knowledge and sense of humor,” Morgan’s resolution said.
    Thrasher was hired as Gulf Stream’s finance director on April 29, 1996. As town manager for 17 years, he also acted as its zoning administrator and planning director.
    Thrasher arrived in Gulf Stream after answering an ad placed by then-Mayor William F. Koch Jr., whom he considered a mentor. Thrasher also served through Commissioner Joan Orthwein’s two-year tenure as mayor.
    “Bill, the town of Gulf Stream obviously is indebted to you here,” Morgan said before leading everyone in the commission chamber in a round of applause.
    “Over the last three years, I have been supported by your advice, your steady, patient advice, your calm demeanor in the face of many things that this town has confronted, and I am personally grateful for your service,” Morgan said.

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