To the Citizens of Cedar Key:
I am honored and thankful that you are allowing me to return to the City Council. Some of you know that in the last 15 years I have served our community both on and off the Council and in other roles. Public service is a priority in my life; however while Lauren and Sarah were still in high school, I withdrew from elected service in order to be more available for them, and to play a more active role in their lives while I could. Now, as they move on to the next stage of their lives, I am excited to be back on the Council, and to apply all the things I’ve learned since last serving. And, now that I am back, I plan on staying. How long? As long as you will have me.
One of my goals for this term is to implement better long-term planning so that our resources are wisely allocated, and contingencies are anticipated and prepared for. Also, I hope to run our departments in a professional manner so that citizens receive exceptional service from our City. Most of all I look forward to listening to the needs of our community, and to rolling up my sleeves to work with the new Council and staff to provide for those needs in a frugal, efficient and timely manner. And, behind all my efforts is always the goal of protecting our community from inappropriate change so that we can preserve it the way we all love and enjoy so much.
I have been circulating throughout the community talking with many of you to gather your thoughts, and concerns. I appreciate your taking the time to meet with me. If I have not had time to see you, please feel free to find me. I value your ideas and look forward to serving you. Again, Jolie and I thank you for your support, and look forward to positive and productive years to come.