During his first term in office as Richland County’s attorney, Mike Weber received some good advice.
“Maybe I was whining, maybe I was pitying myself,” Weber said of his discussion back then with Father Ned Shinnick.
Father Ned told Weber, “Mike, just do your duty. Everything else will be OK.”
On Thursday, the Sidney Kiwanis Club held “Mike Weber Day” in honor of the 28 years that Weber served as county attorney. He is retiring at the end of 2018.
A piece of art created by Rhonda Whited that featured Richland County’s Justice Center was presented to Weber at the celebration. Included on the piece were the words, “Just Do Your Duty.”
Weber told audience members, “That’s what I’ve tried to do every since, regardless of the consequences.”
John Olson, who presided over the program, noted that Weber earned degrees at the University of Mary and Seattle University before attending the University of Montana’s law school. He was elected the county attorney in 1990.
Weber’s tenure of county attorney included convictions in the homicide cases of James Allen, Michael Spell and Lester Waters Jr.
Olson said Weber’s office has worked more than 2,000 felony cases during those 28 years.
Weber said that he and his wife, Rosemary, will do a lot of traveling during their retirement years. “But this area will always be our base.”