CENTERVILLE — Dear Editor,
Now that my time as mayor is over, I want to take a few minutes to thank everyone who supported me, the city and our work over the past four years.
When I came into the job on Jan. 1, 2008, I felt I brought some good skills and experience with me after nearly 35 years with Alliant Energy (Iowa Southern Utilities) that would be helpful and add value to the position. I was correct, those skills were very helpful. But not even 35 years of corporate experience prepares anyone for the demands, stresses and complex issues of a government leadership position
Thanks to the expertise and knowledge of the city’s department heads and employees, all a wonderful bunch of dedicated people, I learned quickly that I could rely on them in areas where I had little to no experience. The council I was blessed with also was the best, made up of an eclectic group of five gentlemen who each had their own strengths and areas of expertise! Considering the council and the great employees over the last four years, we built a strong team that worked together well and has been able to get a lot of city business accomplished in the past four years. So much, in fact, that a member of the leadership team from the University of Iowa commended us on our accomplishments during a goal setting session he conducted for the city.
The experience of being mayor has been one I’ll never forget! I know I did not do everything perfectly! No one does! I know I made mistakes! But the only people who never make mistakes are those who do nothing! But I do know that I, the City Council and all the employees worked very hard to make sure we did what we felt was best for the city as a whole — every day! The city has employees on staff who have more knowledge about the city than anyone could ever imagine; we have employees and council members who passionately care about what happens in the city; and we have employees and council members that I will miss working with very, very much.
But, no matter how good they are, this group of people cannot take care of the city alone. We need the help of the entire community and a huge group of volunteers to keep things running smoothly. As mayor, I received that help and support and I truly appreciate that. I hope that going forward, you as a community, will continue to help and support the city and its leaders with a tough and thankless job! Everyone together makes Centerville what it is — that is not the sole responsibility of City Hall!
I wish the new administration and the city employees all the best in the years to come; I now know what you go through and deal with every day and I appreciate you so very much! Thank you everyone for the last four years. It was indeed an honor to serve as your mayor.