After four terms on Drumheller Town Council, the last two as mayor, Terry Yemen is retiring from politics.
"I've got mixed emotions right now," Yemen confessed after neglecting to fill out a candidate nomination before the September 18 deadline. "I thought it was the thing to do, it probably is the thing to do. I tried retirement once before (and) I didn't like it that much, so I guess I'll have to look for other challenges."
Yemen has sat on council since 2007 and led them through a number of initiatives including the opening of the Badlands Community Facility and all of the work at the Aquaplex, but it was another building project he recalled when asked about his career highlights.
"One of the things that I think is just so incredibly important is we have a handicapped accessible town hall," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "Before, when I drove the Valley Bus, the staff from the town was excellent, they would always bring the file out onto the Valley Bus and we would do it on the bus because they (seniors) just could not get into town hall."
He also like the downtown location of the new Drumheller Town Hall, which used to be located in the old courthouse on 2 Avenue, SW.
So, now that he's retiring from the political arena, does the mayor plan to be an armchair quarterback of the new town council?
"I did the coffee shop thing and it was out of ignorance and stupidity some of the comments I made, but now that I know what goes on at town hall and I know how hard the people work, I'm there to support them."
Yemen also thanked the people of Drumheller, calling it an honour and a privilege to serve them for 11 1/2 years.