New Beginnings – 3/9/2015

Posted by Bob on March 9, 2015 under Daily Blogs | Be the First to Comment

This coming May will mark my sixth year as mayor of this great community.  Through all the ups and downs typically associated with the position, it has always been an honor to serve the only hometown I have ever known.  While I have been and always will be committed to making Naugatuck all that it can be, I have decided that it is time for me to begin the next chapter of my life.  I will not be seeking a fourth term during our municipal elections this November.  I have never been a fan of drama, and wanted to make this announcement with enough time for others to make decisions about their own future.

This is a decision that has not been made without a significant amount of thought.  Prior to the 2013 municipal elections, I stated that a third term could very well be my last.  While there are exciting initiatives which are ongoing, there will never be complete closure on all projects begun by an outgoing elected official.  I have sincerely enjoyed my time in office, but being a mayor or first selectman is a full-time, twenty-four/seven responsibility that requires a complete commitment of heart, soul and passion in all aspects of the job.  This is a commitment that I do not feel I can bring to a fourth term at this time in my life.

While I am not certain what the future holds, I am excited to begin the next chapter of my professional life.  I am confident that my skills and experience will offer interesting and challenging opportunities.  This announcement is not a farewell; there is much work to do over the next nine months.  I will remain focused on implementing the economic development opportunities that are beginning to take shape in our downtown, planning for the future of our school district and continuing to reform our local government.

It is my sincere hope that the leaders who follow will continue to work together and make decisions that will balance the demands of today with the needs of tomorrow.  I stand willing to assist those with good intentions as my schedule permits, and will remain involved in community activities.  When meeting with students and youth groups over the years, I have always stressed that public service involves much more than elected office.  Whether one walks in the front or the back of our historic Memorial Day parade is far less important than making a decision to march.  Next year I will welcome a return to the back of the parade.



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