Sam Stacy learned a lot about what it takes to keep a city running during his day as mayor.
“I was saying to the Parks Director that you don’t think about how a lot of work goes into it,” he said.
The 10-year-old Colleyville Elementary School student won Colleyville’s Mayor for a Day contest, and spent Jan. 20 touring the city’s facilities and learning more about the place he calls home.
Stacy learned about public works keeps things moving, saw how the public safety departments keep Colleyville safe and held a seat at the table as City Council members discussed the city’s future.
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Stacy said his favorite moment was looking down at the city from 90-feet in the air from one of the fire department’s fire trucks.
To win the mayor’s seat, Stacy wrote an essay about how he would make Colleyville a better place to live. His ideas included police giving out citations for good behavior, recognizing teachers and having a holiday giving tree where people could donate gifts for people in need.
Mayor David Kelly said the city will work to implement many of his ideas. Police officers, with Stacy’s help, will patrol Colleyville Elementary to recognize students “caught doing good.”
The two mayors also capped Tuesday night by announcing two proclamations making Jan. 23, 2015 “Thank a Teacher Day” and the other recognizing the Grapevine Colleyville Youth Football Association’s MP Black Team.
He was also awarded a goody bag from the Colleyville staff including a key to the city.
The young mayor could not stay to vote on a proposed hotel in the city and ducked out a bit early so he could get a good night sleep before school the next morning.
Overall the mayor had his fun.
“It was just cool seeing the city,” he said.