Fairview salutes community leader

Fairview Mayor Brian Bieber, right, and clerk Faye Carlson present Mike Weber with a gift from the city of Fairview.

After playing an important role in the community for more than 30 years, Richland County Attorney and Fairview City Attorney Mike Weber was saluted for his dedication on Saturday night.

To celebrate his retirement, he was thrown a party in Fairview at the Waterhole. Fairview Mayor, Brian Bieber said, “I’ve known Mike for about two years, one of them as mayor. I don’t have a lot on Mike, but there’s been a lot thrown on him.”

Weber started being Fairview’s city attorney in 1981.

Toward the end of the night, Bieber presented Weber with a gift from the city of Fairview. Bieber said, “I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Mike for the past year and a half. He’s a great guy.” 

Former Fairview Mayor Bryan Cummins  noted, “He [Mike] has been very helpful over the years.”

Wes Erickson, a former city council member, said, “He’s going to be missed. He’s a good lawyer and has always been well liked in the community. I wish him well, and I hope he enjoys life after retirement.”

Faye Carlson noted that she’s known Weber since she was on the city council. She was on council for 14 years before becoming the clerk six years ago. “To put it bluntly, it’s going to suck without him,” Carlson said. 

But Weber’s influence in the community was far beyond that as his service as city and county attorney.

Carlson said, “He’s always been there for me. He’s an amazing man and he will be sorely missed. He always had a smile and was just a very kind and loving man.”

She told the story of how when her dad was sick and couldn’t attend church, Weber would stop by and bring him communion. “He’s just an amazing man,” Carlson said of Weber.

He has served on the ROI board, the Fairview bank board, St. Catherine’s Parish council, and St. Catherine’s finance council.

Weber also served as assistant speech and drama coach at Fairview High School during the 1990s and is a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and Knights of Columbus.

Mike’s wife, Rosemary, said, “We currently teach high school religious education in Fairview and have for the past 10 years. We also taught in the 1980’s and 1990’s.”

Jenny Schriver noted that her kids had Mike and Rosemary as their church youth group leaders. The group meets each Wednesday night.

“He gave up so much time and energy to do all that he did,” Schriver said. “He created a great place for the kids to come together. He exposed the kids to as much as he could.”

Pam Burman added, “He could always get the kids involved and get them to do fun things,” 

Burman noted that she has known Mike since the late 1970’s. “He’s been an intregal part of our community,” Burman said. “He’s always been very involved in church. He works in mysterious ways,” she said laughing.

Fred Lake explained, “The reason I know Mike is because he’s one of the few Democrats in the area willing to run in Richland County. To me, running as a Democrat in this area takes conviction. Mike has always been very active. I’ve known him for about seven years. I wish him the best of luck. He will be missed.

When asked what he plans to do with his free time after he retires, Mike laughed and said, “Whatever I want to do!” He went on to add, “It’s been a great and humbling honor to serve for the past 28 years. We’re going to take a few trips.”

He went on to explain that since he was full time as the county attorney, he wasn’t allowed to have a law office. “Every decision I made, I made in the best interest for Fairview and Richland County. 

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