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Posted Monday, December 9, 2013
Pittsboro, NC - Dear Chatlist Community: I have been honored to serve Pittsboro for the past eight years. And although we have not always agreed on every issue, I have found it to be a great pleasure to meet so many of you in my travels around the region and service on behalf of the Town and our citizens.
Unknown to many is that the great hidden treasure of politics and public service is the widening of one's perspective on life and the opportunity to meet so many interesting and wonderful people from all walks of life.
For a someone like me, who loves people, that is the eternal gift of public service. (Although my wife probably won't miss the random calls at odd hours from citizens pontificating on a wide range of topics.)
So December 9th will be my last day as the Mayor of Pittsboro and I sincerely hope that many of you can attend tomorrow's Town Meeting where we will have a friendly and happy "gavel hand off" and swearing in ceremony at 7 pm.
I believe that Pittsboro has a solid group of commissioners and a new Mayor, whom I hired years ago with the Town Board to be our Town Manager. As a group they will all serve you well.
The new Mayor, Bill Terry, will need your patience and support as he grows into the position, which I expect our community can provide in abundance.
Finally, as we have time to reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela I leave you with one of his fine quotes on leadership:
"A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed." -- Nelson Mandela
May you have peace and love this holiday season
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