Ded­i­ca­tion needed for job

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD JOURNAL -

While the op­por­tu­nity to serve as mayor, and the con­tin­ued out­pour­ing of sup­port to do so is sin­cerely a bless­ing, it's time I cat­e­gor­i­cally an­nounce I will not be seek­ing re-elec­tion in Novem­ber 2017; thereby al­low­ing time for an­other to con­tem­plate such an op­por­tu­nity. I've al­ways felt those of us who are for­tu­nate enough to serve should rec­og­nize that there's a time to stay and there's a time to go. For me, it's time to leave the “Sit­u­a­tion Room” of mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics. Coun­cil and I have had many in­ter­est­ing chal­lenges; some tre­men­dous highs, and some more dif­fi­cult mo­ments; but all lead­ing to a bet­ter fu­ture for our com­mu­nity within that elu­sive arena of a demo­cratic struc­ture. I sim­ply wish to thank the cit­i­zens of Ayer’s Cliff for hav­ing placed their con­fi­dence in our man­age­ment abil­i­ties as elected of­fi­cials and sup­port­ing our mu­nic­i­pal staffing or­ga­ni­za­tion. This mar­velous jour­ney has granted me, as mayor, the op­por­tu­nity to serve the fam­i­lies of this mu­nic­i­pal­ity and in help­ing en­sure our sus­tain­abil­ity via a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant en­deav­ors over the last sev­eral years. As you know, I have been a busi­ness­man all along and brought that par­tic­u­lar acu­men and mind­set to the town. The care­fully an­a­lyzed de­ci­sion to not run in the Novem­ber 2017 elec­tions en­sures I will have the chance to change my fo­cus from mu­nic­i­pal con­cerns to that of fam­ily (my wife and chil­dren be­ing the ones who have sac­ri­ficed the most - bear­ing the brunt of their fa­ther’s life in of­fice these past seven years) as well as that of my busi­ness … One thing I've learnt, be­ing in a po­si­tion of lead­er­ship within our com­mu­nity, is - it's ac­tu­ally about whom we are to­gether... how we care for each other as a com­mu­nity that en­sures our fu­ture; thank you for al­low­ing me that priv­i­lege. For my suc­ces­sor - the of­fice re­quires, min­i­mally, 20 hours per week to do a rel­a­tively rea­son­able job… I would be re­miss if I did not men­tion the cru­cial role coun­cil plays in the whole process. One must ap­pre­ci­ate that the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and work­load of the mayor are di­rectly re­lated to the level of de­ter­mined in­volve­ment by each, and ev­ery, coun­cilor as they as­sume their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as well. Team­work is the key to this whole thing… Thanks,

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