Mayor Barriger to retire July 1, 2010
Mayor Guy Barriger
Article & Photo courtesy of The Taylorsville Times
The Town Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Town Hall. During the meeting a letter of retirement written by Mayor Guy Barriger was presented to the board. His letter was written as follows:
“It is with mixed emotions that I inform you of my decision to retire as the Mayor of Taylorsville. My retirement will become effective July 1, 2010. At this point in my life, I wish to spend more time with my family. To each of you I say a heartfelt thank you for the support you have given me during my tenure as your Mayor. I am proud of what we have accomplished with the help of the citizens of our town. The Town of Taylorsville has had to work within a small budget and we have tried not to raise our tax base, especially in these crucial economic times.
I feel I am leaving you in good hands with the board members you now have as well as the employees of the Town of Taylorsville. I have observed our employees for the last several years and feel they are well qualified to do their job and they strive to carry out their job in a professional manner. I am proud of the way they act as ambassadors for our city. I feel sure they will continue to do what is best for you the citizens of Taylorsville.
With the exception of four years, I spent serving in the U.S. Air Force I have spent my entire life living in Taylorsville. As I have said many times in the past I feel this is, truly God’s country and I can think of no other place that is better to raise a family. You, the citizens of Taylorsville, are the reason we are the unique little town we are. God bless each one of you.
Once again thank you for your support and the confidence you placed in me.”
With great saddness the Town Board of Commissioners accepted the letter of retirement. Mayor Pro Tem, George Holleman stated “Mayor Barriger has served with many organizations such as the Lions Club, JayCee’s, Taylorsville Presbyterian Church and many more along with the Town of Taylorsville for many years. I am thankful for the time put in to all of these organizations, and also his career with the Alexander County Schools as a teacher and coach. He will be terribly missed.”
Town Manager, David Odom stated “Over 13 projects were completed or underway during the Mayor’s latest term and his leadership will be sorely missed.”
Mayor Barriger has served the Town of Taylorsville as a Commissioner for 2 years from December 1, 1981 to December 1, 1983, and as Mayor for 22 years total from December 1, 1983 to December 1, 1999 and December 2, 2003 till present.