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New era of civility in Geneva politics

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New era of civility in Geneva politics

We support the re-election of Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns.

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Years ago, under different leadership, it was difficult to attend a Geneva City Council meeting and discuss any issue civilly. City hall was a hostile environment. There was a total lack of respect for different points of view or how to resolve pending issues.

Since Mayor Burns has been our mayor he has set a precedent for civil, respectful discourse during council meetings. People don't always agree but they are able to dialogue in a way that opens minds to different points of view and leads to positive resolve of issues and teamwork.

Under his leadership he has also implemented a citizen survey online. The recent staffing analysis by managing consulting firm Voohees Associates, reports that Geneva is well managed. This report also found we are more efficient with fewer employees while maintaining high quality services for Geneva. Bravo to Mayor Burns, city staff, and alder people, especially in these challenging times.

Sikich Consulting Firm is also helping us update our strategic plan through various focus groups.

Our mayor, city staff and aldermen promote and encourage all of these processes for us to evaluate all aspects of our community. These opportunities promote and encourage us to do better and move forward in all areas that impact our community.

A vote for Mayor Burns is a vote for servant leadership, advocacy, accessibility, community teamwork and fiscal responsibility while maintaining a high quality of services.

John and Mary Lu O'Halloran

Geneva

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