Glenn Barham's legacy

Mayor Barham's legacy

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - On November 22nd Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham will walk into council chambers one final time as the leader of the city. 
    "If I could have run one more term I would have," Mayor Barham said. "But the community decided several years ago that they wanted term limits for their mayor and city council. And we all knew that going in."
Mayor Barham is what you would call a native Wichitan. 
He graduated from Rider High School in 1969 and from Midwestern State University in 1972.
He then served on the Wichita Falls police department until 2005.
After that he decided local politics was his next calling.
Barham was elected councilor at-large in 2007 and mayor in 2010, right before the drought.
    "It was 2011 when we really had the bad summer," Mayor Barham said. "That was the summer we had over 100 days of 100 degree temperatures. We only had 11 or 12 inches of rain when we typically get 28."
Drastic times called for drastic measures.
    "We put our reuse project into place and once it was up, operational and running, I never heard one complaint about the water," Mayor Barham said. And I was truly amazed at that because I expected to start getting all kinds of complaints. Frankly, I expected us to be sued."
But they weren't.
Instead the community was on board.
    "I can't say enough about the people of this town," Mayor Barham said. "They step up whenever they need to."
In addition to getting through the drought, a transportation hub, new airport, animal shelter and fire station were built all on Mayor Barham's watch.
And now the city is seeing growth downtown.
He continues to be encouraged by the strides made.
    "I just want the community to say that he did a good job while he was there," Mayor Barham said. "He laid good groundwork for his replacement. It's time for me to step down and for somebody else to step up to the plate and take over the mayor ship."
While Mayor Barham would do it all again, he knows the future of the city is in good hands.
Mayor Barham said he also wants to thank his staff for all their hard work and adds he would put them up against any in the state. 
As for the future, Mayor Barham said he and his wife are going to spend time with family and especially the grand kids.
They even have a cruise planned for next year.
Something else Mayor Barham will remain passionate about is Sheppard Air Force Base.
He said its the biggest economic driver in the community and adds the city has to continue to support the men and women who serve there. 
We wish him the very best!

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