Last Friday and Saturday the city interviewed the four candidates for the position of city administrator. We had lunch and dinner with them and their spouses; we took them on a tour and interviewed them individually on Friday. Saturday morning the city council and the city department heads interviewed each candidate as a group. It was an intense and exciting few days. They are four outstanding individuals and candidates. It also was a time I was so very proud of Olivia and our citizens.
I wish to express my gratitude to Master’s and Max’s for excellent dining and customer service as always from these wonderful local eateries. Each event was handed beautifully. Thank you to Nancy Standfuss, our tour director for an excellent presentation. Each candidate I visited with commented on the friendliness and pleasantness of Olivia residents. This is the primary reason I choose to run for mayor of this community.
The city staff and workers put in extra hours getting ready for the candidates’ visit in addition to working on a Saturday until 3:00 pm which illustrates their dedication to our city. Thank you hardly seems sufficient. All in all everything went very well and as the final details become complete, more information will be available.
I want to thank everyone involved in the search process from the city council to the city staff to the citizens who offered encouragement to every person who just greeted a stranger with a smile. Remember, an act of kindness, a gesture of friendliness can be just what that person needs at that moment in their life and how easy was that.