Thursday, March 3, 2016

Alamogordo City Commission Says Farewell to Mayor Susie Galea

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The regular meeting of the Alamogordo City Commission in New Mexico was held in the Willie Estrada Community Center to accommodate citizens who wanted to participate in saying goodbye to Mayor Susie Galea. There was quite a crowd in attendance and she received a standing ovation when she, in tears, finished her speech to the group. Mayor Galea's daughters have health issues which can not be treated here so she is moving to Albuquerque to be near doctors.

Mayor Galea was presented with a lovely plaque commemorating her service to Alamogordo by acting City Manager George Straface.

Among other items on the Commission's agenda was getting agreement to go forward with the plan for the Family Fun Center. Several people spoke about the need for a 24 lane bowling alley as opposed to a 16 lane and their explanations were quite compelling such as attracting bowlers here for tournaments. There was also discussion of the fact that the restaurant is located too far from the bowling lanes in the plans and it sounded like this will be rectified.

The meeting was well conducted and left little to time-wasting by anyone including commissioners and citizen speakers.

Mayor Galea and Carla Kerr visiting before the meeting starts
Mayor Galea visiting with Reverend Jim Forney
Commissioner Nadia Sikes
L to R: Commissioner Jason Baldwin, Mayor Galea and Commissioner Robert Renschler
Acting City Manager George Straface presenting plaque to Mayor Galea
Standing ovation for Mayor Galea as she finished her resignation speech
L to R: Chris Darnell,City Engineer; Katie Josselyn, HR Director; Mikel Ward, Fire Chief; Brian Cesar, Public Works Director; and Veronica Ortega, Community Services Director
L to R: Robert Renschler, Cliff Hudson, Jenny Turnbull, Al Hernandez and City Attorney Stephen Thies
L to R: Chris, Katie, Mikel, Brian, Veronica, Leeann Nichols, Finance Director; Maggie Paluch, Assistant City Manager

Nancy Jacobs, City Clerk
 Goodbye, Susie. You will be missed.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for the great photos.

This is all I have to say for now.

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