Tonawanda News — “This mission is so wide,” Wiles said. “I’m looking for something at a nonprofit with just one mission, something less stressful, but something with the same sense of commitment.”
Wiles isn’t sure where his next position will be, but knows he wants to continue working and be able to help his 20-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter with college and wedding costs.
“I won’t make that much and I will still have my pension, but I want to stay fulfilled,” Wiles said.
Councilman Dan Crangle, head of the Youth, Parks and Recreation committee, said he and Councilman Joseph Emminger interviewed four candidates for the position Monday, with another four interviews yet to take place.
Wiles said he will officially retire Jan. 23, but will continue working for the town until his replacement his hired.
He was honored with a certificate of recognition at his last official board meeting Monday.
Crangle spoke to Wiles’ many achievements, which include expanding the Winterfest from a one-day event to a five-day event, restoring the plane at Kenney Field and overseeing the Veterans Memorial at Kenney Field, as well as noting Wiles’ extensive volunteer work.
“He is also a member of the Ken-Ton Kiwanis, which serves dinner to 300 people on Thanksgiving,” Crangle said. “I was very impressed by his effort. He is right there until the end.”
Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150