He's spent the past eight years in service to the city, but now the mayor of Waynesboro is saying good bye to his job, because he wants to spend more time pursuing a new career.
In a press conference Friday, Mayor Tom Reynolds fondly recalled the ups and downs of serving eight years on city council.
He says, "We did what we said we were gonna do, We started the work on the infrastructure that been needed to be worked on for 20 years."
Reynolds is proud of creating a vision or a future for the city that all started with making decisions and concrete plans.
He says, "We have formal financial plans, financial guidelines that we didn't have before. We have formal capital improvements plans."
Some of those formal plans including borrowing $6 million to upgrade stormwater management systems and spending $2 million more on building a new fire sub-station. Reynolds ideas extend beyond his term.
He says, "Economic development will continue to be a challenge, continuing to be out in the market, looking for industrial clientèle to bring into Waynesboro while at the same time working with those that are already here."
With five months left in his term, Reynolds says the hard work will now be up to city residents.
He adds, "I encourage the citizens of Waynesboro to find a replacement for me, to find a council that will continue to have hope for the future, that will continue to be positive about what’s going on."
The mayor is leaving his position to become a full-time pastor. His last day on the job will be June 30. He hopes to pass a few more projects, like the contested items on the bond referendum, before his time is up.