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The city of Pearsall presented a plaque to Mayor Mary Moore last week on the occasion of her departure from office after three terms.
The city’s Home Rule Charter sets term limits on elected officials, meaning Moore could not run for re-election to her position.
“This is very difficult,” Moore said upon receiving her plaque at last week’s city council meeting. “In 2014, the citizens of Pearsall changed my life by responding to an outcry for change. In 2015, an extraordinary honor was bestowed, candidly speaking, when I came into office.
“I had high aspirations,” the outgoing mayor said. “I wanted to fulfill all respects that were asked of me but, after learning the ins and outs of city business, it became apparent to me that we can only do what the money allows us to do.
“I found other ways to make a difference, especially in the eyes of the children,” Moore said. “It has been a huge privilege and blessing to serve on this council. I have noticed the conversation about Pearsall has changed and how outsiders view city government. I attribute this change to how we treated the Hurricane Harvey evacuees and winning Council of the Year accolades in 2018. Those two events rendered us lingering praises for months.
“In 2020, before the peak of COVID-19 era, it was amazing to see stakeholders working together to educate the people of Pearsall.
“The highlight of my tenure as mayor was when an anonymous donor donated $50,000 to feed elderly,” Moore said. “My time serving as your mayor has ended and I will miss making a difference in this capacity. However, I believe I am leaving this council with better camaraderie and our city government with better integrity.”