Message from the Village President
Greetings to all of the residents and businesses in the Village of Matteson. It is with a very heavy heart that I compose my last "Message From The Village President" for the Matteson Avenue Newsletter.
First off, I want to thank each one of you who have supported me over these past 16 years that I have served as an elected official in this great Village. And even if you didn't support me, I want to thank you as well because the opportunity I have had to serve each one of you has been phenomenal. Serving as Village Trustee and Village President is not only an honor, but most importantly it is a privilege; one that I have never taken lightly.
I have faced many challenges over the past sixteen years; some political and some personal. I appreciate all of you who prayed for me and continued to support me during my battle with cancer in 2012. Your many thoughts, prayers, text messages and other acts of kindness toward me and my family will never be forgotten. I am happy to report that I am healed and remain healed.
I have said many times that a Village President is only as effective as the Board of Trustees that he/she serves with, and I can say that I have been privileged to have served with several individuals over the past sixteen years that not only added value to the Village of Matteson, but also to my life personally. During my tenure here, I have tried to always focus on what was best for the people of the Village of Matteson because it has never been lost on me that we elected officials are here to serve you, not ourselves. So much thanks to the current Board and past Board members I've had the pleasure of serving alongside.
To our staff, you all are second to none! Contrary to popular belief, in most cases it is the ladies and gentlemen on our Village Staff that work hard every day and accomplish many things that make the rest of us look good all the while protecting the best interests of the people of the Village of Matteson. Thank you to our staff and all the great things you contribute every day to ensure that we maintain a high quality of life in the Village of Matteson.
As I leave, I leave with my head held high as to many of the accomplishments that occurred under my watch. You must remember that I became your Village President during the worst economic and housing downturn Matteson had seen since the Great Depression of the 1930's. During my tenure, I am very proud that we have diversified our village staff, constructed and opened a state of the art Recreation Center and continue to provide very high quality village services to our residents. Additionally, we are a short time away from clinching a major grocery store in town and demolishing the former Lincoln Mall building to prepare the site for redevelopment.
In closing, I just want to say THANK YOU MATTESON! Thank you for electing me 4 times; twice as Village Trustee and twice as Village President. The numerous accomplishments we have achieved together would not have been possible without our dedicated residents and businesses. This experience of the past 16 years will forever be engraved in my heart as will each one of you. This has been fabulous! On behalf of the entire Ashmore Family, we wish you GODSPEED until we meet again.
Andrè B. Ashmore, Village President
Village of Matteson