My wife and I attended the 11 August City Council meeting and heard Tom Tannehill state his reasons for resigning from the Administrative Judge position. He and I had spoken prior to the meeting so I had heard his rationale leading to his resignation. I had also seen the statistics he had gathered. It is my opinion that he did considerable work and gave significant thought to the issues before presenting them to city officials. Non-acceptance of his findings led to his resignation.
Tom and Eva are my neighbors and friends. They came to Mason about the same time as Jutta and I. As newcomers we are often referred to as "Newbies" by long term Mason residents. We accept and even like that classification. The Newbie group in Mason is strong in volunteer participation; we join organizations and clubs; we serve on committees; and generally do our best to portray Mason as a caring, progressive, community to everyone.
Our participation in various endeavors, along with advice and recommendations, is often viewed as "rocking the boat". There is often an understandable tendency to not move out of a comfort zone and try something different or accept a new approach. But we cannot deny that the world is changing and we must often change with it. Maintaining the status quo in a dynamically changing world is often a death sentence.
Mason is similar to many other small, isolated communities in Texas. Many are dying; others have already died. We (the Newbie group) did not move to Mason to watch it die!
Tom has worked hard in his position to install a progressive climate and forestall any decline in our community. His interest is to take honest, practical, and objective approach to insure that Mason will continue to prosper and be a suitable living place for us all.
Mason is losing a valuable asset when he leaves his current position.