March 27, 2018
Last April I presented the first-ever state of the city address and focused on what we hoped to accomplish in the coming year. For the first time in our city’s history the people of McLendon-Chisholm had the opportunity to know and understand where we were headed and how we planned to get there.
The addition our four newest members to this body catapulted that vision forward. Each one has brought with them the mindset that the role of a member of city council is to do more than just fill a seat but actually work to contribute to the success of our city by working on behalf of the people.
Just as Thomas Jefferson said, “I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office,” the mindset of this council is not to govern the people but to represent them.
Restoring the Voice of the People
Tonight, I have the opportunity to highlight our accomplishments, all of which have restored the voice of the people and put them back in control of their own destiny.
It’s been a long time since our city has had leaders who don’t widen the proverbial home plate, which is why the state of our city is strong.
We have made sweeping changes to our city government and I am so proud to highlight these accomplishments and honor those who sit alongside me behind the Deus.
June 27, 2017
This address is the first of its kind for our city.
Often times a State of the City address is an opportunity for celebration. Tonight, however, it is an opportunity to clarify our mission, re-establish our vision, and set forth an aggressive, even audacious agenda that will be guided by our mission in order to fulfill this vision. That’s because I believe that our city stands at a crossroads in time where its future will be set by those of us who desire to come together to build community and not by those who are out to destroy it.
Additionally, the purpose of this speech is to bring clarity to the public discourse insomuch as it depends on the city council and me. To do that, I must take time to review some basics that are to serve as the foundation of future communication as we move forward.