Woodbury’s new mayor says plans to move forward on initiatives to improve community prosperity and quality of life. In a speech last night, Harold Patrick said he would reach out to merchants for input on how the city can help them to be successful and encourage people to shop at home. He said he planned to work with County Executive Mike Gannon on phase one of the downtown revitalization project, and when it’s complete, lend his support to completing phase two. Patrick says these efforts are key to the economic health of the community.
Patrick also announced plans to appoint and activities committee comprised of General Sessions Judge Susan Melton, and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Center to develop ideas for things to do to bring people into town to patronize local businesses. He will direct the panel to bring their ideas to the town council.
Patrick, a former Cannon County Executive who currently works as Clerk and Master of the court system here, says he looks forward to working with the council as a full partner in strengthening the city of Woodbury. He also praised outgoing Mayor Ricky Cope for his work and 25 years of service on the council. And he thanked his parents, his wife, his father-in-law and Chancellor Bob Corlew for their support as he begins this process. “I’m a blessed man,” he told the crowd assembled for the swearing-in ceremony. Included in the crowd were members of the Board of Alderman, State Representative Stratton Bone, local judges, County Executive Gannon, and other civic leaders and friends.