Dr. Patrick McClellan, chair of the Richmond City Planning Commission was recently honored by the Richmond City Council and state Representative Jeff Yaroch.
Yaroch presented a special tribute to planning commissioner, Dr. Patrick McClellan for his 50 years of service to the residents of Richmond.
“Dr. Patrick McClellan has helped the city of Richmond for over 50 years on the planning commission,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “This special tribute recognizes his loyalty and devotion to public service.”
The City Council recently passed Resolution 2018 to recognize McClellan for his 50 years of service to the City of Richmond’s Planning Commission. McClellan was appointed to the City of Richmond Planning Commission in March of 1968 and has served as the Chair of the Planning Commission since September of 1975.
According to the resolution, Dr. McClellan, through his leadership on the Planning Commission, has played an important role in land use decisions in Richmond for the last half century which have had a great impact on the orderly growth and development of the community. The City Council stated that Dr. McClellan not only played a vital role in the City of Richmond’s quality of life, but set an example for all citizens to follow through his service on the Commission.
In addition to Resolution 2018-6, the City Council also named Dr. McClellan the City of Richmond Volunteer of the Year for 2018. The award is given in memory of longtime community volunteer Doug Pentzien. The Pentzien family provided funding to create the award, which will be given annually by the Richmond City Council.
Dr. McClellan has a long history of volunteering in the City of Richmond. He is currently active in the Richmond Area Historical & Genealogical Society and he and his wife Sandra volunteer with the Backpack Blessings program that provides food to families in need. In addition to the many ways in which Dr. McClellan volunteers in the city, the City Council felt it was appropriate to name him as the first recipient of the award based on the number of years that Dr. McClellan and Doug Pentzien served together on the Planning Commission.