Mayor Gillespie's Thanksgiving Message

November 22, 2019

Dear Friends, Fellow Employees, and Partners of Prattville,

Mayor GillespieI say this all the time, but there is no other place I want to live besides Prattville, Alabama. Our citizens are second to none. The best part of serving this community is the people. No matter where I go, I hear from you. I listen to the pros and some cons, but what is constant is the love you have for our community. If we are doing something right, you tell us proudly, and if there is something you want done differently, you tell us because you honestly care. I am so thankful for your input because, without you, there is no need for us. I have watched as our citizens come together for those in need; no matter the circumstances, you always step up to the plate. We are a community of patriotism and compassion, and in today’s world, both are vital to keep on the forefront for all generations to come. In the season of Thanksgiving, “thank you” for making our Small Town America the absolute best hometown. I am confident Daniel Pratt would be very proud that his legacy positively shines throughout the City of Prattville.   

Thanksgiving is one of the most defined times to reflect on the blessings in your life. As I think about the many blessings in my life, one constant is always the opportunity to serve as your mayor. The last eight years have been some of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life. As I stepped into office in January of 2011, I can honestly say the severity of the financial challenges our city was facing appeared overwhelming. These challenges were no easy feat; they took time, change, buy-in, support, and much patience. However, a critical and irreplaceable factor has been our employees. These men and women committed to the process, some willingly and some not so willingly, but because of their commitment and diligence, we are a better city today than we have ever been. The two words, thanks and giving, go hand in hand when I think of the men and women who serve our community every day. I am so thankful that we have a workforce team that continually strives for the City of Prattville to be the best. They give of themselves every single day by showing up and providing the best possible service to our citizens. I don’t think they will ever forget the challenges we have overcome, and they are fervent to keep measures in place to continue evolving as we strive never to be back in such a situation. I mention all of this because I can never say “thank you” enough to our team, each one of you. I hope the investment in the classification and compensation plan adopted in the 2019-2020 budget is a blessing and another sign of appreciation for you and your family this holiday season. 

Although 2019 did bring various challenges, it has been a great year in the City of Prattville. We have successfully progressed over the year through numerous financial accomplishments, economic development achievements, infrastructure improvements, and further enhancements in our quality of life and place. As I stand on what I have deemed the “partnership bridge,” I look forward to continuing the “bridge-building” for many years to come. It has taken a village for us to be as successful as we are today, and our village definitely includes our Partners of Prattville. Thank you one, and thank you all for your continued investment and support of our community. As you enjoy this holiday season in our safe and family-friendly community, please make sure you take the time to show your appreciation to our local businesses.

In observance of Thanksgiving holidays, the City of Prattville offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. I want to personally thank our First Responders, Clean Water Professionals, Clean City Professionals, Medical Professionals, and everyone else who contributes to the public safety, health, and wellbeing of our community who will work over the holidays. “Thank you” to our active-duty military service members, abroad and at home, for always being, ready, willing, and able to serve our country. Every single one of these professions work together and apart to nobly serve and protect our citizens. 

Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday, officially marks my 3238th day in office serving as your mayor. I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” one more time for allowing me to continue serving this community. We are blessed here in the City of Prattville, and I appreciate your friendship, honesty, prayers, recommendations, and support. As we keep our faith, family, and friends close to our hearts, let us always pray for each other and lift up those who need it most during this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving! 
 

Your public servant and friend,

Signature 

Bill Gillespie, Jr.

Mayor

 

P.S. The Christmas Tree Lighting event starts at 5:30 p.m. on December 5th, by the spillway on Court Street. The countdown to light the tree begins at 7:00 p.m. Santa will visit from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Christmas Parade is on December 6th at 7:00 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

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