Springdale Mayor Harvey Tizzard says it’s time to retire from public life
Four terms and nine years as mayor
No matter the consequences of the upcoming municipal election in Springdale, there will be a void the town has not seen in 16 years.
Mayor Harvey Tizzard is retiring from public service.
There’s no one thing driving the four-consecutive-term council representative away. In fact, he is quite content with the status of Springdale’s council and his ability to lead it over the past two-plus terms as mayor.
“I don’t really have the interest now that I did once,” Tizzard said. “I feel it is time for me to move on. I have nothing against anybody or anything like that. I think this is one of the best-run towns in the province.”
The Springdale native’s absence from town office will be even more unusual than that of a typical long-serving member of council. Prior to his election in 2001, Tizzard served as the town’s clerk for 19 years.
“Especially in the last eight years, I think this town has come a long ways under my leadership,” Tizzard said.
With six meetings — council and committee — a month for on, knowing full well council is always looking for somebody to volunteer to run some project or committee in the town. He said he will likely sit in on the first few public meetings of council, out of curiosity.
Across the province, the mayor is hearing concerns about a lack of interest in municipal politics.
He believes several members of the current council plan to seek re-election, but admits he has not heard a lot about potential new councillors. That is unfortunate, he said, but he hopes the situation will change prior to the election.
“I would like to see some younger people there, with new and fresh ideas,” he said. “After so long, you get a little bit complacent.”
The mayor is proud of his time in public office, believing he led a council that had the best interest of the town at heart and worked well with a strong staff. He names the improvements at the Springdale stadium and the millions of dollars in water and sewer infrastructure as highlights of his tenure.
He is leaving during a time when a new hospital and new marina top the priority list for the incoming council, he said. Continued investment in water and sewer infrastructure will be important to the town as well, according to Tizzard.
Springdale Mayor Harvey Tizzard will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming election, ending his tenure of 16 years serving the town.