With the municipal elections behind us, Mayor Julie Thacher will turn over the title and the office to her successor, Edward “Ned” Beach. Mayor Thacher graciously consented to a last interview about her time in office.
Reporter: How many terms have you served as Mayor?
Thacher: Two four-year terms.
Reporter: Were you ever on the city council?
Thacher: Yes, for seven years.
Reporter: And before that?
Thacher: Before that I served on the Parks Board, but I don’t recall the dates or for how long.
Reporter: Why did you run for mayor the first time?
Thacher: After being on the council for seven years I had a few ideas for moving Boonville forward. I thought with my experience I would make a good mayor. And there were a number of people who suggested I run, so I did.
Reporter: Did you accomplish your goals?
Thacher: Actually, with the purchase of the new fire truck and the animal shelter, I did. We, that is, the City Administrator, the City Council, and I went on a retreat at Blackwater and prioritized a list of long-term goals for the city. I think most everything on that list has been accomplished in the past eight years.
Reporter: The City Council just approved the first of two quit claim deeds regarding the animal shelter. Will you get to sign the first one before the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday?
Thacher: I’ve already signed it.
Reporter: So, you’ll each get to do part of it?
Thacher: Yes, but I don’t care about the legacy. The animal shelter just needs to get done.
Reporter: You said you weren’t going to run a second time, but you did at the last minute. Why?
Thacher: It was an uncontested mayor’s race and I feel strongly that people should have a choice. I was asked to run again so it wouldn’t be uncontested. There had been some changes in my life that freed up some time, so I reconsidered and changed my mind.
Reporter: But it was an uncontested mayor’s race this year, too.
Thacher: Yes, and I still think people should have a choice.
Reporter: But not you this time?
Thacher: No, not me. I’ve served two terms and that’s enough. I still think giving people a choice makes the winner a better mayor. He has to give more thought to his platform.
Reporter: How do you feel about stepping down?
Thacher: I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be sad, too, because I’ve become friends with members of the staff, and I’ll miss seeing them every day. But I’ll have more time to spend with my kids and grandkids.
Reporter: Do you think you’ll ever run for mayor or city council again?
Thacher: I have no idea. I know you should never say never, but probably not. I’m not worried about the city in Ned’s hands. The city has a good city council and good people.
Reporter: What was the best part of being mayor?