Poem: A Tribute to The Mayor
By the end of 2018
Ardell Brede will have served
the city as Mayor for 16 years.
His heart, his personality, his disposition, his priorities,
the loss of this man will move many to tears.
His main purpose in all things
Was to do right by the people
who live and work here.
To be accessible and responsive.
Even in his decision not to run again
In spite of loving the job and
probably his personal ambition,
He did what he thought would be best for the city.
A city engaged in growth
And a healthful future without condition.
In making choices for whom to appoint, he never thought
Whom do I like?
Rather, who was best qualified, most experienced,
best trained or competent to
serve the city.
No age or sex discrimination or discrimination of any kind
But who can serve the city best chosen with an open mind.
With the biggest heart, he consistently sought an inclusive community.
Driven by compassion and love for all the people
he pursued his goals for service
always working for city-wide unity.
His job as Mayor was as hard as any in your imagination.
Being gregarious, friendly,
always optimistic in every
Over a thousand meetings of all kinds each year
Locally, statewide,nationally and internationally without fear.
His commitment to the arts granted our city a reputation
of culture; and education
was enhanced by the innovative development of the UMR University
Along with a workforce of
great skills and diversity.
His work continued with Destination Medical Center
as he started with health care
And with innovative DMC growth will probably end there.
In this time of retirement and change when we need a sense of history and continuity
As always he will ask what is best for the city he loves
So thank you. Mayor Brede
For the love you gave us all
For the caring leadership
You brought to city hall.
May we experience your honesty, ethics and lack of corruption
Going forward without disruption.
God bless, good health and long life.