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Letter: Hansen is Genoa mayor’s choice for successor

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as mayor of Genoa for the last 12 years.  Together with the City Council, we have moved to a new City Hall, increased the level of service provided by city’s staff, and the public works, and police departments. 

Even in the current economic climate, we have managed to make significant investments in Genoa’s infrastructure and streets to the tune of $1.5 million.

As I leave office, I am encouraged that we have two capable candidates and friends running for mayor in the upcoming election. I am writing this letter to recommend that Genoa voters elect Ald. Jay Hansen as their next mayor. Jay has served as my very capable deputy mayor for over four years, and is dedicated to finishing what we started twelve years ago.

One of my most important achievements over the past three terms was to increase the level of professionalism in our three departments. Jay will continue to raise the bar to ensure that residents receive a high level of responsiveness and service that they deserve. As our community grows and diversifies, we cannot afford to take any backward steps in this area.

Jay has the capability to devote more than enough time to the office.  He has the important skills to not only listen to residents’ concerns, but to creatively resolve and diplomatically present the solutions to the City Council.  Jay has the support of many of the community leaders and business owners.  They know that he is approachable and understands their concerns. He has their respect and they know they can count on him to support their ideas and projects. 

During his 10 years as a council member, he has participated in the budget process, has made many important contributions during policy discussions, and has succeeded in the many projects and tasks that I have assigned to him. 

The residents of Genoa will be able to count on Jay to continue to move us forward with a purpose, and I hope they join me in supporting Jay on April 9.

Todd Walker

Mayor of Genoa

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