The city of Cherokee could not have had a better spokesman for the community or a better mediator between different factions in the town than Denny Henrich.
Unfortunately, Henrich, who served as mayor since Jan. 1, 2002, resigned his position last week.
He and his wife, Donna, have a home in the lakes area and will be spending more time there.
They were business owners previously, at one time owning two bookstores, one in Spirit Lake and one in Cherokee. They eventually sold both buildings.
The Bookseller in Cherokee was run primarily by Donna while Denny took on other responsibilities, including manager of the county landfill and city council member before becoming mayor.
Henrich took his responsibilities as mayor seriously, yet maintained a friendly manner and a sense of humor.
The job of mayor has become more difficult in recent years, with contentious disagreements boiling over at public meetings. People expected the part-time mayor to assume many of the duties of the long vacant full-time professional position of city administrator.
The next mayor will have big shoes to fill. He or she will need the help and support of the citizens of Cherokee.