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April 26, 2013

Letter: Scanlon is Beverly's greatest mayor

To the editor:

Mayor Bill Scanlon’s decision not to run for a 10th term as mayor of Beverly gives us an opportunity to celebrate his accomplishments and to thank him for giving so much to each of us. The impact of his time in office can be seen everywhere: new schools with strong academics, the development of the Cummings Center and new parking garage, increased property values, parks improvements, enhanced business development — the list is endless. Always looking ahead to the future, he continues to develop new ideas to bring revenue and recognition to this community, and we will work together to bring these to fruition following his departure.

Bill started out as a business executive who had never set foot in politics and became the greatest mayor Beverly has seen. He used his managerial skills and strong-willed attitude to pull this city out of economic and political crisis — but what stands out to me most is his passion for Beverly and its citizens. Managing a complex public entity is filled with pitfalls and opportunity for failure; as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, “If you stand in the middle of the road, you will get hit from both sides.” Bill’s success, and the benefits of that success enjoyed by the city and its community, came because we always knew where he stood — with what was best for the city. In the next eight months, let’s celebrate his achievements and help him accomplish more of his dreams. On behalf of Endicott College, and as a personal friend, I wish him all the best in his retirement.

Richard E. Wylie

President, Endicott College

Beverly

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