By Peggy Mackenzie

The June 18, 2019 Lewisburg City Council meeting marked the final public meeting for John Manchester as Mayor of the City. It turned out to be a meeting like no other as many assertions of appreciation were heard heralding the quality of local government leadership.

In reflecting on the state of the city, Mayor John Manchester expressed gratitude for the opportunity he’s had to serve as mayor for 16 years.”It’s been an honor,” he said. “It’s not for everyone, but for those who take it on, it’s gratifying when one’s skill sets and interests coincide with what they enjoy doing. For me, it’s been wonderful.” To the members of the council, Manchester said he was “justifiably proud” to leave with a strong, cohesive decision-making group in place.

“To run for office,” the mayor said, “you get to know the people in your town, the people you might never have met. From my heart, it’s been my pleasure to serve.” He said, as mayor, he’s been privileged to visit elevated places of government, including the White House. “It’s a humbling experience to see how government works at all levels, but especially at the lower levels. You really do get to see how it works.”

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