As my term as Mayor of Salem comes to an end, I would like to thank the citizens providing me the opportunity to serve as your mayor the past four years. It has been a personal honor and a humbling experience.
In order to achieve any success in an elected office, one must have a great support team to help see that efforts put forth for the city's good are accomplished. Over the past four years, I have been fortunate to have members of commissions, committees and employees in Salem government help in these efforts, along with state, county, and city elected officials. Rather than forgetting someone, let me say, "thank you to all who helped in a positive way."
On a personal note, I want to thank Steve Andres for being the best Service Director any Mayor could possibly have. Steve was not only my closest advisor at City Hall, but he set the standard for what his job position is about, service. On behalf of myself and the city, thank you Steve, for your untiring service to myself and Salem for the past four years. You can be proud of your service record and accomplishments for Salem during a very bad economy.
I would also like to commend the editorial staff and reporters of the Salem News and the Morning Journal for their professional and objective news reporting. They have been very fair to me and my administration. Thank you for communicating to the public in an un-biased manner.
In closing, I heard the other day that the mark of success is whether you leave your job or community in better shape than it was when you started. I believe that the record shows that we achieved that goal, thanks to all of you "making a difference."
Jerry L. Wolford