The End of Another Chapter
Well, my last days as the City Manager of the City of Vidor certainly did not go as I imagined. When I accepted the job of City Manager for the City of Orange, I thought my last few days in Vidor would be more jovial, that I would spend my last few day reminiscing, laughing, thanking people, shaking hands, and hugging my friends. Thanks to Imelda, that did not happen.Nevertheless, on October 1, 2019, Jill and I start a new chapter in our lives. While I look forward to the new challenges, I want to take a few moments to remember the last few years.
First, my sincere appreciation and thanks to everyone who allowed me to serve in this position since March 2013. It was a great experience. I know I am going to miss a few people, but I will hit some highlights.
Thank you to my wife, Jill, who allowed me to quit my profession of twenty years and start a brand-new career. And we had to move to do it, but our old house flooded twice, too.
Thanks to Mayors Ken Crawford, Robert Viator, and Kimberly Stiebig, along with the multiple City Council members with whom I have worked. I believe we always tried to do what is best for Vidor. Public service can be a frustrating, thankless calling, but we need good people who are willing to serve. It can be rewarding, too.
A very big "thank you" to the City employees with whom I have worked over the past six plus years. You have always been supportive of me and my ideas. I appreciate the cooperation and quiet guidance you have provided. You are where the rubber meets the road when it comes to serving the citizens. Nothing I have accomplished would have been possible without you.
The people of Vidor have been wonderful to me as they let me run their city. I sincerely thank you all. You are my family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Through good times and bad, you have given me your support. Both during Harvey and Imelda, you rose to the occasion and showed others the best side of Vidor. I hope we all continue to be as we are in the aftermath of those events: kind, wonderful, selfless, compassionate, and giving.
I look forward to serving the City of Orange, but as I leave, I want you to know I was honored and humbled serving as the City Manager of the City of Vidor. Thank you all.
Go, Pirates, go!