Well, how fast times flies. It’s hard to believe that the Sibley County Fair has come and gone, Eggstravaganza is here, soon school will start, and local, state and federal elections are right around the corner. I have run my last campaign and will not be seeking reelection this year.
It has truly been an honor and privilege serving as your Mayor for the past 6 years. I have always worked hard with nothing but the best intentions for Gaylord and its citizens. I took the job very seriously, and working with a good city council, staff, legal counsel, and input from committees and citizens we made the decisions that needed to be made. No one said it would be easy and it proved to be anything but easy.
However, the experience and knowledge that I have gained by working with the City staff and departments, committees, the many professional consultants, the civic organizations, the local businesses and of course the citizens of this great community has been very rewarding for me. I am humbled by the whole experience, and yet very proud of serving. The activity and progress that Gaylord has made over the past few years, and continues to make today, shows that good leadership with community involvement and support can provide positive results, even in a poor economy.
Today I have new opportunities in my professional career and I will be pursuing new goals. These goals will require much more of my time and attention, leaving little time for City business and involvement. I am excited about my new goals and future, but yet saddened by leaving the city business environment. I have shared this information with Council President Carl Wetzel and would like to endorse Carl as the next Mayor of Gaylord, if he so chooses.
Carl has done an excellent job as a council member and more recently as president. He is involved and attends as many meetings as possible, staying on top of the issues and working toward solutions. Please give your consideration to Carl Wetzel as your next Mayor.
Thank you for your support over the past years and for making my experience as Gaylord Mayor unforgettable.