After 26 years of writing this column, this will be my last Mayor’s Report. To begin with, I’d like to congratulate Bob Fiala on his election as Mayor. Bob is coming into the office with a wealth of experience in business and planning, as well as 20 years of municipal experience as a councilman. Willoughby couldn’t be in better hands and I’m excited for the future of our City.
I’d also like to congratulate Katie McNeill, Ken Kary, John Tomaselli and Dan Anderson on their election to City Council. It’s probably an understatement to say that they have some pretty big shoes to fill. Our four outgoing councilmen have over 70 years of combined experience. I’m confident that this new group, however, will bring some fresh perspectives and, as evidenced by their successful campaigns, a great deal of energy to their positions. The experience that Mayor Fiala and Councilmen Woodin, Harrold and Carr bring to the table should result in a balanced team, well poised to take Willoughby into the future. I’m excited for them and wish them the best of luck as they begin their journey.
It’s appropriate to be writing my last column during the Thanksgiving season because I certainly have much to be thankful for; first and foremost my family. I couldn’t have done this job without Donna’s support and understanding, as well as the support of my entire family, and I thank God for them every day.
I’ve been blessed with City Council members who have been elected and served with one purpose; to do what’s best for the City and the people who live and work here. The unselfish way they’ve approached their jobs is a big reason for Willoughby’s success.
I’ve also been blessed with co-workers who have shown themselves to be committed to serving our citizens in a professional and caring manner. This includes everyone from our Directors and Chiefs to the folks who carry out the day to day activities our citizens depend on. I can truly say that I’ve never worked with a finer group of people and I thank them all for their support and cooperation over the past 26 years.
Lastly, thanks to all of you for your support and friendship for these many years. You have made this a wonderful experience for me and my family. So on behalf of our family; Eric, Nicci, David and Dominic; Dan, Carin, Emily, Anthony, Landon and Ella, Donna and I want to wish everyone the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of Holidays. Have a great month and a great New Year.