As we approach Thanksgiving and the season of giving, I thought it would be the appropriate time to reflect on many of the reasons that I am thankful to be the Mayor of the great City of Montgomery.
Citizen Engagement: We are very fortunate to have so many residents engaged in making Montgomery all that it can be through their various volunteer efforts with the City, schools, churches, sports leagues, hospital and more. This engagement and relationship building creates a true sense of “Community” – a place where residents care about each other’s well-being.
Dedicated City Staff: With the day-to-day operations led by City Manager Riblet and the dedicated City Staff, Council does not have to worry about tomorrow, next week or next year. Instead, we are able to focus on the mission, critical strategic planning, and vision setting, ensuring Montgomery will continue to be the premier community of choice for generations to come.
Police and Fire: With all the senseless violence throughout the world, our residents are able to rest easy, knowing that the incredible men and women in our police and fire departments, who risk their lives on a daily basis, are nearby protecting our families.
Top-Rated Sycamore Community Schools: As a parent of two Sycamore Community Schools’ graduates, I can attest firsthand to the truly incredible education that our children receive, right here. From academics to life and social skills, to responsibility and accountability, our children are sent off to college, the workforce, or armed forces, destined to succeed.
Diversity and Inclusion: With the newly-developed Diversity and Inclusion Committee promoting community awareness, education and appreciation of Montgomery’s diverse cultures, we will enhance the welcoming environment for all who live, visit and work in Montgomery.
Strong Businesses and Chamber: We are blessed with strong and successful companies right here in the City, providing the financial support critical to City operations. Alongside these companies are the Montgomery Ohio Chamber of Commerce and City staff, constantly partnering to ensure continued success.
My Family: With the support of my loving wife, Michelle, and two wonderful sons, James and Andrew, I am able to spend the countless hours doing what I was elected to do – provide the leadership and vision, along with the other Council Members, ensuring the City remains the region’s #1 Rated Community.
As a 20-year resident of the City, it is without question, that there is no other place that my family and I would choose to live than the City of Montgomery. I am extremely thankful for all of my neighbors, friends, and family for contributing to the special environment that exists here in our City. As each of you enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends, I ask you to pause, reflect and ask yourself, “What am I thankful for?”