As election season approaches, there has been lots of speculation as to what my plans might be. For the past few months I have been weighing my options; that process has caused serious reflection on the past twelve years.
I have been honored to serve this community and there are few experiences in my life that have meant more to me than being Park City's mayor. My love for our town and its people has only grown during this period. I am proud that we have added thousands of acres of new open space, a hospital, ice rink and sports complex, the MARC and multiple units of affordable housing. We have transformed our town into a true multi-seasonal community. To assure our future, we have enacted new historic district guidelines, sustainability programs, and the cleanup and archiving of the various environmental sites. All of these projects have hundreds of fingerprints on them; I have always perceived my position as one not based on power but, rather, how well we can empower those we serve.
In recent years, I have found it increasingly difficult to balance my passion for public service with my family's need for me to be gainfully employed in a "real" job. To this end, I have not been very successful. After taking some time to deliberate my future, it has become apparent that I need to move fully back into the private sector. So I will not be seeking another term as mayor.
I will truly miss being able to represent our community. The support and friendship of the city staff and the people of Park City is something that has truly moved me on a daily basis. When everything is said and done, the thing I am most proud of is how we have acted together. This is a civil place where differences of opinion have not torn us apart but actually made us stronger. The hundreds of citizens who have participated in various efforts to address the concerns of our town have made me very proud.
Public service can be exciting, fulfilling and even addictive. With the recent changes in election law, the filing date has been moved from August to June. The mayor and two council seats will be on the ballot. I strongly urge residents of Park City who are interested in improving their community to consider running for office.
As I retire, I am comforted by the fact that three generations of my family have participated in serving our community. We all learned that service is not based on ego but, rather, a heartfelt requirement that participation is essential. My hope for the near future is that all of our citizens will search their hearts and find where they can best serve Park City.