Colusa City Council last week said farewell to member David Womble, who stepped down from the dais at the Dec. 5 regular meeting to accolades and applause. 

Womble was elected to the City Council in 2014 and served only one term, but the elder statesman, as he is known, dedicated most of his life to public service. 

Prior to his election to the City Council, Womble served 28 years on the Colusa County Board of Supervisors, representing the 5th District, and served multiple stints as chairman of the board. He joined the Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s, and chaired two state committees dealing with water allocations and rice straw burning regulations. 

Womble also worked to develop the senior nutrition program. 

“Since 2014, Dave Womble has continued to serve the Colusa community as a member on the Colusa City Council, where he has worked diligently to address the concerns and needs of the residents of the area and improve the quality of life for future generations,” said Zach Brown, who represented Assemblyman James Gallagher and Sen. Jim Nielsen, who authored a California Legislature resolution recognizing Womble’s service. 

Colusa Mayor Greg Ponciano said it was a pleasure serving with Womble the past four years, but that their relationship goes back longer than that when Ponciano was running for office and was first elected. 

“I leaned on him to kind of teach me the ropes on how to serve the public,” Ponciano said. “He’s been a great mentor.”

As the liaison to City Hall, Womble has worked in close association with city staff, whom Womble recognized before he stepped down. 

“I think everyone should be proud of the City of Colusa for the simple fact that I don’t know of any other city around with our population with only 33 or 34 people working the streets, the sewers, the offices and everything,” Womble said. “I want to give them all a big hand too.” 

While on the City Council, Womble served on the Community Development Block Grant Loan Committee, Office of Education Gang Awareness, and the Walnut Ranch ad hoc Committee. 

He was a longtime representative on the Colusa County Transit Agency and Transportation Commission, both as a member of the Board of Supervisors and the Colusa City Council.

In gest, the City Council gifted Womble with a folding medical walker with wheels, painted in metallic gold, which got a laugh out of the elder statesman, who offered, “I would rather have a Seeing Eye dog” as a reply. ■