Former Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman, who has remained active in the public arena since retiring in November, is moving to Colorado to be closer to his family, Bensman announced in an email Saturday.
Bensman, who did not seek re-election last November, served on the town board of commissioners for 10 years.
Even after he retired from public office, Bensman remained active in the community. Earlier this year, he led a movement to ask the Mecklenburg County board of commissioners to hire an independent auditor for the recent countywide revaluation.
During his tenure as county commissioner, he was involved with such town initiatives as the Cornelius Animal Shelter, the West Catawba Avenue widening and the upcoming widening of I-77.
In his email to constituents, Bensman said he and his wife will move to Broomfield, Colo., to be closer to their daughter Sara, who is expecting her first child in December.
Bensmans son and daughter-in-law live in Philadelphia with their two children.
Our plan was to take this year to figure out what to do, he said in an email. We will leave knowing that we made a difference. So many good things were accomplished that will last for a long time. (T)hank you for the opportunity to serve, whether in or out of office.