COVENTRY – A man who has given many years of service to the state of Rhode Island and the Town of Coventry was recognized by the Town Council at a recent meeting.
Senator Glen Shibley gratefully accepted the recognition as Coventry Town Council President Gary Cote and he shook hands.
“I did the best I could,” said Shibley, who represented ward four, but lost the election to Senator Leo Raptakis. “I’ll miss it but I have other things to do in my life. I want to enjoy my family. I have two grandchildren and a third on the way.”
Shibley has spent his life involved in public service in many capacities since the age of 18.
“I was either attending college or involved in public service,” said Shibley.
When his children; Jesse, Heather, Kyle and Ryan were younger he served on the Coventry Town Council from 1984 through 1986. He did not seek re-election after that period because he wanted to be more involved with his family but later when his children were a bit older, he served on the Coventry Sewer Sub Committee.
Prior to serving as a Senator or holding any other office, Shibley was the Assistant Director of the Rhode Island Municipal Training Academy for 29 years.
“The police academy was always very challenging because you had to do the best you could with the budget they gave you,” he said.
Through his years of service he’s also been involved with the Rhode Island Association for Cardiac Children, a member of The 100 Club of Rhode Island and International Association of Directors for Law Enforcement Standards and Training from 1991 through 2008. Shibley also served on the Ethics Reform Committee, the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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