Eleven-year-old wins Colleyville’s Mayor for a Day contest.
12/23/2013 8:33 AM
12/23/2013 8:34 AM
Jack Stacy took the mayor’s oath of office at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting, but left at 9 p.m. because he had class at Colleyville Elementary the next morning.
The 11-year-old won the Colleyville’s Mayor for a Day annual contest and took part in a day of mayoral duty. Stacy’s day as Mayor included attending a city staff luncheon, tours of some city department’s including the Justice Center and Central Fire Station and finally attending the evening City Council meeting.
A panel of judges chose the fifth-grader’s essay about what he would do with his mayoral powers.
"His essay stood out due to his care and concern for others, and for his suggestion to have a place on the Colleyville website devoted to kids and how to get them involved," said Mona Gandy, city spokeswoman.
Stacy’s ideas included pizza to recognize police and firemen, and the creation of a charity to help those less fortunate.
"I always want to find a chance to help my community," Stacy said.
City staff will work with Stacy to fulfill his idea to a create a children’s section on the city’s website.
The section would include fun things to do in the city such as summer camps, a listing of available babysitters, dog sitters, lemonade stands and bake sales. It also would have an educational sectin for students about the city’s history and government.
"I think this idea is important because kids are citizens of Colleyville, too, and we should have an area on our city’s website that is dedicated to us," Stacy wrote in his essay.
Stacy toured the city in a brand new suit he bought for the occasion and sported a blue tie and Colleyville pins on his lapel.
He said his favorite part of the day was going up the fire truck ladder and seeing the whole city from 95 feet in the air.
At the Council meeting Stacy sat along side Mayor David Kelly and even voted on some agenda items.
"He did an excellent job," Kelly said. "He’s a sharp, astute individual for someone that’s only 11."
His mother, Lori Stacy, and siblings joined him at the the City Council meeting where he hosted a pizza reception for his closest friends.
During the session, Lori Stacy saw her son’s head just peak above the City Council desk.
"I could not be more proud of him," she said.
When he isn’t running the City for a day, Jack Stacy said he loves to play football and imitate his favorite player, Peyton Manning.
His mother added that he loves to read and has been going through biographies of historical figures.
Stacy said if his dreams of playing quarterback in the NFL do not pan out, he is interested in a career in technology.
At 9 p.m. the young mayor discreetly stepped off his seat in the midst of a discussion of a proposed zoning change and reflected on what he learned before heading home for the night: "how hard all those City Council members and departments work," he said.
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