JASPER, IN (WFIE) - Jasper’s mayor, Terry Seitz, has announced his resignation.
In a letter released Thursday morning, Seitz says he has accepted a position on Senator-elect Mike Braun’s staff:
A letter to the citizens of Jasper from Mayor Terry Seitz:
2018 has been a year of monumental events for our community. From the dedication of The Parklands of Jasper to being named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Community of the Year, there have been many significant moments. We also drew national attention with the election of Jasper businessman, Mike Braun, to the United States Senate.
This moment in time has provided a rare opportunity for me to consider a different approach to public service. After much consideration, I have accepted a senior staff position with our Senator-elect and will be resigning as Mayor of Jasper effective January 1, 2019. Elected officials, department leaders and my colleagues at City Hall were notified of my decision today.
Senator-elect Braun issued a formal welcome today: “Terry has done a phenomenal job as mayor of my hometown of Jasper. Under his leadership, Jasper was recently named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Community of the Year. Mayor Seitz’s skills as a leader and a passion for serving Hoosiers make him a tremendous asset I’m proud to have joining our team.”
It has been the highest honor to have served as your mayor for the last seven years. Waking up each morning knowing that I represented all the good this city offers has been an extraordinary experience. Along the way I’ve met many new friends, both here in Jasper and around the State of Indiana. Building upon these same friendships will be part of my work for Senator Braun.
A very talented City staff has been engaged in every step of the projects underway and planned in the City. This will not change. Let me assure you that, while I’ve played a role in what is happening in Jasper, this dynamic team deserves credit for all our accomplishments. We will continue to build upon the collaboration we have established in our region as a leading Indiana city and a city of leaders. Our future is in good hands.
Pursuant to state law, Jasper’s next mayor will be selected by a caucus of Republican Precinct Committee members to be convened by Dubois County Republican Chair, Mark Messmer.
My wife, Deena, and I offer our deepest gratitude for all the kindness and trust bestowed upon us over the years. Likewise, we are grateful for the opportunity to assist Senator-elect Braun as he begins his new journey. May God continue to bless Jasper!
Mayor Terry Seitz
For the last 7 years, Terry Seitz has called the mayor’s office inside Jasper City Hall home. He says his decision to resign was not an easy one.
“Talking to staff, you know, answering phone calls and things from citizens, talking to council members or whatever, it has been a little bit of a weary day but in a positive way,” said Seitz.
In January, Seitz will be working along-side senator-elect and Jasper native Mike Braun. He believes their experiences in Jasper and in government, will allow them to be successful at the federal level.
“What you learn from that is how to get things done, and I would expect thoes things, even as one of 100 senators, would be on Mike’s mind,” said Seitz.
The opportunity has him excited for the future, but also has him reflecting on his time as mayor.
“It has been an incredible place right now, and it has evolved that way. When I ran for mayor the first time with no political experience whatsoever, I had real simple goals. One of them was that, our best days are still ahead,” said Seitz.
Now that his time as Mayor of Jasper is coming to an end, he believes his original goal for the city still holds true, and that the best days are still ahead.
“I said we wanted to take a good city and make it better. And in my opinon we have. Now we can continue that journey," said Seitz.