October 28, 2015
The words "happy" and "office" don't often go together, but our class facilitator, Karen Ellingson, called the mayor's office "The happiest office I have ever spent time in." I believe her: the mayor's optimism is contagious and has spread throughout the city and led to a better working relationship between the mayor's office and the city council.
Just to brush up on our city government, Mayor Curtis is like the CEO/President of the city. He doesn't vote in council meetings, but sits in on them and can give advice and council. The Municipal Council, commonly known as the City Council, makes the laws but doesn't oversee city operations like the mayor's office does.It sounds like the mayor goes to a lot of meetings and does a lot of ceremonial duties. Did you know he can issue proclamations? I don't really know what that means, but I can totally see Mayor Curtis standing on the top of the city center steps shouting, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye" and proclaiming something awesome.
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