At their last official Tallahassee City Commission meeting, Mayor Andrew Gillum, and City Commissioners Gil Ziffer and Nancy Miller offered farewell comments.
Gillum’s comments were brief. He offered “a heartfelt thank you.”
Gil Ziffer drew laughs when he thanked Barack Obama for helping him get on the Tallahassee city commission. He became city commissioner because of the resignation of former commissioner Alan Katz, who was appointed the US Ambassador of Portugal by Obama.
In August of 2009, Ziffer gave a speech as a new member of the city commission. He ended that speech with, “it’s not about managing it’s about leading,” and said he hopes he’s been able to do just that over the past nine years.
He added, “we’re doing everything right” and we can’t let people tear down the government. He was “deeply bothered by people whose singular purpose is to tear government down,” and says we can see it with elections right now and that we are depriving our mayor from receiving the votes he is due.
Ziffer praised Wayne Tedder for his commitment in pushing Independence Landing, a community built for adults with a range of developmental disabilities.
Ziffer thanked his colleagues, stating they don’t always agree but that they “can still break bread together.” He also thanked the staff of the city, his wife, and his aide Cathy.
Commissioner Nancy Miller, who was elected in 2010, said she has loved this city over the last 25 years and that we’ve created a beautiful town.
She echoed Ziffer’s comments when she said people here love the community, but some “just want to tear government down.” Miller emphasizes that those people are the minority and that most are supportive.
She said she is “immensely proud of this government,” and that the All-American City designation “fits perfectly.” Miller added that we have “one of the best governments in the country.” Our new commission and new appointed officials have a lot of great stuff to work with.
Miller expressed her gratitude in working with everyone on the commission through good times and disagreements. Miller said disagreement is good: “you want people that have different backgrounds, different daily lives, they come together and can make a comprehensively thought out position.” She also thanked her aide and her supporters.