I would like to address and say farewell to the community of Eudora in regard to my recent non-reappointment as city superintendent.
It has been a pleasure working for, and serving, the community of Eudora. Although my time here as city superintendent has been short, I feel some of my efforts and commitment to this city have not been in vain. I've met and worked with many good people in the community as well as others who reside outside the city limits.
The tears I witnessed and the handshakes I received at the July 11 council meeting was a heartfelt moment I will never forget. I will cherish the friendships I have made in my nearly three-year employment, and I hope I will experience new ones in the future.
Over the past 15 years working for municipalities as a city superintendent, one thing was always certain when meeting new people in the communities I have served. Many of them would say, "Boy, I wouldn't want your job. It's a thankless position."
In many ways they are correct, but I enjoy helping and serving the community without the need for praise or accolades. My job has always been reward enough for me.
I feel I have made a difference here and have learned a tremendous amount about my job and about people.
I've worked in an appointed position for many years and was never intimidated by it, because I had the support and good communication of my supervisors who let me know where they stood on issues and allowed me to express and defend myself and the decisions I made.
I feel good about the decisions I've made in Eudora. They were objective and fair and consisted of high moral and ethical standards. I've always tried to keep the interests of the city a priority and follow the ethics and bylaws for each community I've had the pleasure of working for.
I hope the current governing body finds what they are looking for in these growing, volatile and transitioning times. They always say things will get worse before they get better. I hope, for the sake of the community, things will begin to get better.
I wish the new city administrator, Cheryl Beatty, luck in her position here in Eudora. If she and her family are welcomed into this community as my family was, she will certainly feel part of the community.
In closing, I would like to leave with a quote that rings true for me in hopes it may inspire others: "I hope that my achievements in life shall be these ... that I will have fought for what is right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need, that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been."
Thank you for your support.
James E. Boyer