EVERSON: This job has a lot to it
It has been roughly 65 days since being elected, and about 37 days since being sworn into office, and the swirl in my head is finally starting to settle down.
As you run for the position of an elected official, you begin learning as much as you can about what is taking place relative to the position you are seeking. After all, you will need to address the issues in an informed manner, and state your opinions on those matters, as well as be able to intelligently discuss options you see for guiding the community through these issues, big and small.
After you win an election, your brain starts to absorb added knowledge, much like a sponge takes in water spilled on the table. The brain sucks up everything it can and, like the proverbial IBM supercomputer, begins to process this data and spit out the calculations in what you hope are coherent answers and responses. So many issues, so few answers.
I am humbled by the confidence placed in me by the voters of our city to be the 35th mayor overseeing Mitchell. Once you are elected, it becomes important to address the topics, set working relationships with those in the "trenches," and establish good communication with the other elected officials to get things done and guide the city smoothly.
In the roughly one month since being sworn into office there have been countless budget meetings to shape a deficit budget into one that is nearly balanced. There have been constant meetings regarding the issues, such as Lake Mitchell, infrastructure, and future projects. There have been committee meetings to work to maintain momentum put into play by the previous skipper.
Then you get the "fun" times. Opening a new indoor pool and sliding into the water via the new equipment; getting to hand the key to the city to a family selected by the rodeo committee to be special guests at a performance; attending a large event to locally kick off the world's most famous motorcycle rally; and getting to welcome dignitaries to our fine city.
Simply put, this job has a lot to it.
In the coming three years, many issues and decisions are going to be set before the Mitchell City Council. The goal is to make decisions for the good of our city and in the best interests of our city and the budget we work with.
Will this be easy? I fear not. It will be fraught with second-guessing, differences of opinion, debate, and probably numerous sleepless nights pondering decisions that have been made and/or decisions currently in front of the city.
Communication among city officials is important, as are transparency and cooperation. I will make every effort to be my best for the city of Mitchell.
As I start my time in this office, many ask the question as to whether I am having second thoughts with regard to taking the position as mayor.
To which I can reply: Regrets — None!