By Aaron Moody
January 30, 2017
Strong, optimistic, progressive, engaging, proactive and poised to handle more growth with open arms.
That’s how Mayor Ronnie Williams described Garner in his annual State of the Town Address, which he has presented each of his 11 years in the position.
He had only good things to say about the town in his prerecorded speech that was screened during the Town Council’s Jan. 17 meeting.
“I’m exceptionally pleased,” Williams said in a follow-up interview. “Each town across the state has its own bumps in the road and we’ve had some in years past, but the past year we’ve been in pretty good shape. There’s very little bad to report.”
Williams conceded one area where Garner could step up its game is in providing more opportunities for citizens to become engaged in town affairs. He praised the Police Department in his speech for doing just that – holding public forums in response to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing report.
“We can always improve on that to get better,” Williams said. “We’re not perfect, but we’re working on it.”
The mayor applauded Rodney Dickerson for leading a smooth transition in leadership as he became town manager last year, and the council and staff for developing a long-range strategic plan for the town.
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