by Mayor Tammy

I can hardly believe that this will be my last Mayor’s Message… I send it to you today with a lot of mixed emotions. After 16 years, I enter my final week as your Mayor. Admittedly, stepping out of office is bittersweet. It’s been hard letting go; Meridian is in my blood!

What a journey this has been and the most rewarding I could have imagined. I have had a lot of reporters ask me what I will miss most about the City. My response is always the same - the people! All of you are what I will miss most about my job – this privilege to serve for you and with you. It has been incredible to get to know so many of you, as constituents, customers, and friends.

I will leave office next month with so many incredible memories to take with me. We have accomplished a great deal over the last sixteen years by working together – there have been a few missteps along the way which have been ‘influencers’ towards a better outcome the second time. Our successes wouldn’t have been possible without the strong team we have here at the City. From our awesome leadership team guiding the ship, to our boots on the ground that work each day to get it done – each member of the team has been vital to the success of the City. That doesn’t end on January 7th. Meridian has not yet met its full potential and I am excited for the next leadership team to continue to move Meridian forward.

Meridian is lucky to have this dynamic group stepping up to serve! I ask that you give them the same support and grace you have given me over the years. They are excited, motivated and coming into these elected positions with a deep love for Meridian and our people. But with all of that said, they are humans. They will be juggling personal lives along with their public lives. They too will have a learning curve and will learn along the way. Please help to guide them through the tough times and celebrate with them during the wins.

I truly have been so blessed to come to work each day, with joy in my heart, to be surrounded by incredible people doing incredible work. I look forward to spending time with my husband, kids, and grandkids. But – I will definitely miss my Meridian family. You have helped mold me into the person I am today, and for that I am so very thankful.

With that I bid you all a bittersweet farewell.

Signing off one last time humbly as your Mayor.

Mayor Tammy

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