Mulligan bids City Hall farewell
After a lengthy mid-Council in-camera session, the Lloydminster City Council returned to the chamber to announce that Mayor Jeff Mulligan would resign at the end of the month. Story is posted after the jump.
Mayor Jeff Mulligan might be gone from office, but he certainly won’t be forgotten.
July 31 marked the last day that Mulligan would carry the mayoral staff, a surprisingly weighty ornamental scepter.
“I’m hoping to be able to lend my expertise to the city in a different way,” said Mulligan, who is stepping down from municipal office to expand his consulting firm, AHHA Moments Inc.
“You know,” said Mulligan. “One day when you get up and look in the mirror and you don’t see a politician any-more… It’s time.”
Mulligan said the resignation was “an opportunity through the city and through other municipal contacts to add the municipal sector as one of the specialties.”In the interim, deputy mayor Rob Saunders will stand in until the by-election on October 16.
“I don’t see a big change,” said Mulligan. “We just confirmed our strategic plan. We have a very clearly articu-lated vision. It’s really now about execution.”
Mulligan said he would like to continue to work with the community to facilitate positive changes.
“I’m an execution guy,” said Mulligan. “I am a guy who returns shareholders value. I’m a guy who manages proj-ects on time and on budget. I’m a guy who talks about workplace culture.”
“I don’t think you’ll see me with my name on a ballot again,” said Mulligan. “I think you’ll see me at the execu-tion level.”
“The mayor can’t get his hands dirty in execution,” said Mulligan. “I’m really happy to come alongside and help out where I can.”
As mayor, Mulligan has demonstrated a knack for getting things done.He cites his work regarding intergovernmental a airs, particularly the seamless delivery in the Border City as one of the various highlights of his career.
“The health objective that’s now been set by both ministries, I believe that I did a lot of work on and council did a lot of work,” Mulligan cited as another success. “That’s going to benefit Lloydminster for years to come.”
Mulligan also said the workplace culture within City Hall was modernized on his watch.
However, Mulligan’s term in office had its obstacles.
“The toughest part is that you move people to a consensus respectfully,” said Mulligan. “Sometimes you let your guard down and you feel that you weren’t as respectful as you should have been.”
As a take away from his term Mulligan said his time as mayor has made him a better listener.
“I might have agreed with a moral stance, but legally I didn’t have the authority to agree,” said Mulligan, “and I probably could have been more respectful of their position and still got the same outcome.”
“I wish I would have done this when I was 27, but I wouldn’t have had the experience to pull it off,” said Mulligan.
“We don’t cast a vote for our prime minister, we don’t cast a vote for our premier,” said Mulligan. “The highest order of office that you actually cast a vote for your senior elected official is mayor. At a municipal level over 65 per cent are provided by the municipality.”
“I can assure you, whoever you vote in as the mayor or council, the decisions they make at the next council meeting will likely have an effect on you, that’s why it matters,” said Jeff Mulligan.