We are focused on repairs and trying to do things that energize people and give them hope and inspiration

September 20, 2016
1 562 0
We are focused on repairs and trying to do things that energize people and give them hope and inspiration

We are focused on repairs and trying to do things that energize people and give them hope and inspiration

“If my family hadn’t been in the sawmill business, I would have worked in construction. I love building and would have been a contractor. I got a degree in Civil Engineering but when I graduated, I went to work for the family business because I had always wanted to work for my father. Building is interesting to be able to conceptually have an idea and then see it put together and put to use. I like participating in the plans, but I like to be at the ground level with a hammer and a shovel too. Understanding construction has helped me as Mayor looking at road and bridge plans. I was also an employer and a chief financial officer and those have helped me here too. You recognize quickly that there is so much you don’t know for this job and you only have limited amounts of time to spend with someone and they are going to tell you what they want you to know. It is good to have a foundation in finance so every now and then you can ask the right question and sort it out. I could not have done this job at age 30 or 35. You can’t be prepared for the volume of work required. This office is often the default solution for a lot of people. Everyone comes here asking for more money to fix a problem. We had deviated from the core functions of government and we are trying to get back to those. Many are good ideas but aren’t a core function and even take away from those. We didn’t focus on infrastructure for years and the fell into disrepair. We stopped doing some of the things the city has done in the past so we can focus on those.”

“The city hasn’t grown in 40 years. What can we do differently? We are focused on repairing things that are broken. I think that changes a city and moves it forward. We are trying to do things that energize people and give them hope and inspiration. Things get filtered before they get here, but we sense there is an excitement about Mobile, especially among the millennials. If we are fortunate enough to have another four years, we are teeing it up for the next person to take the Mobile to the next level. We are doing the repairs and we are already on the world stage. We are trying to get it exactly right. There is a great sense of gratitude serving as mayor and hearing people talking positively about this city. That creates a momentum and I think the process of what we are doing is creating momentum. If the government will get out of the way and let people express themselves, creativity is something you can’t orchestrate. I love to see that. We want to break down barriers and create genuine conversations and relationships. People are tired of the bashing. When I ran, it was refreshing to be able to run a nonpartisan race without being put into a political box. I am not confined by party politics. I ran for mayor because this is my home. I couldn’t take it any longer and thought someone needs to step in and do something differently. I would have been fine if it had been someone else. I also had encouragement from my friends to run and then when I announced they said I didn’t have a chance of winning. They didn’t tell it to my face. It is a great opportunity to be a part of change that will transform this city and break down some barriers and that opportunity is hard to measure. People are going to be in awe of what happens. It may not happen with this administration, but who we hand this off too. There is no way to explain the joy and appreciation of working with this team who has never worked together. We don’t all think alike, and that is good, but I don’t think any of us thought we would ever be sitting here.”

1 comment on “We are focused on repairs and trying to do things that energize people and give them hope and inspiration”

  1. Bob Summer says:

    We think you are doing a great job.We know it is difficult to deal with people that want power over other people. Keep pressing on. Kathy and I do pray for you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *