Mayor Wes Mainord has spent the past four years representing Shawnee in the role of mayor. On Tuesday his term ends, allowing Mayor-elect Richard Finley to fill the post.

Mayor Wes Mainord has spent the past four years representing Shawnee in the role of mayor.

On Tuesday his term ends, allowing Mayor-elect Richard Finley to fill the post.

“I have been so blessed to have been the mayor of this great city,” he said. “Back in early 2012, four nice gentleman asked me to run for mayor, and with their support and the support of the citizens of Shawnee I was elected.”

What a wonderful journey it has been, he said.

“We have been able to complete several projects that the previous commission had started, we have finished some that we started,” he said, “and there will be several projects that we have started that will be finished by the new commission.”

Mainord said he has been honored to meet so many wonderful people and to work with the entire group of city employees.

“The citizens of Shawnee are so lucky to have such wonderful city employees and know that they can go to sleep knowing that they are protected by a great police force, a wonderful fire department and have great water to drink,” he said.

Being Mayor has afforded him an opportunity to work with many wonderful organizations with so many volunteers that are actively working to make this city a better place for all, he said.

“I would like to list all the great groups that are actively working to make Shawnee a better place, but I am afraid I would leave some of them out,” he said. “One organization that I must give special mention to is the Avedis Foundation.”

Mainord said the citizens of Shawnee and Pottawatomie County are so lucky to have such a great organization like Avedis whose whole function is to improve the health and wellness of all.

“Avedis is truly making a huge difference in our area,” he said.

Two other key organizations that everyone needs to learn about and get actively involved with for our city to reduce crime and our high poverty rate are Community Renewal and Bridges out of Poverty, Mainord said.

“Community Renewal is focusing on teaching us how to care for all our neighbors and getting to know them better,” he said. “Bridges out of Poverty is teaching people in our community better ways to manage their finances, how to apply for a job, and managing their day to day challenges.”

He said everyone needs to get involved by supporting –– in some manner ––these two organizations so that Shawnee can truly be a better place to live for all.

“Please do not sit on the sideline and complain; become an active player in making Shawnee a better place,” he said.

Although Mainord is stepping down, the torch is still aflame and in the hands of present and incoming board members.

“I know that the newly elected mayor and the new city commissioners will do a great job for all the citizens of Shawnee and the impact they will make will be very good and long lasting for our city,” Mainord said.

“I was told a long time ago that whatever one is doing they should do their best to leave it better than when they started,” he said. “Hopefully Shawnee is a better place than it was four years ago.”

Mainord offered his thanks to the community for allowing him to serve as mayor for the last four years.

“God Bless,” he said.