Kutztown Borough Council President Kevin Snyder presented outgoing Kutztown Mayor Sandy Green with the key to Kutztown during her final Kutztown Borough Council meeting on Dec. 19.
“She has been a great mayor in my mind, a great friend. It’s been a pleasure working with you,” Snyder said.
Snyder presented a plaque and the key to Kutztown in recognition of Green’s “12 years of dedicated and passionate service to the Kutztown community and your historic run as the Borough’s first female mayor. The Council and Borough of Kutztown does here by present to you, Sandy Green, the key to our town, the Borough of Kutztown.”
Sen. Judy Schwank also honored Green, presenting her with a Senatorial recognition.
“In addition to colleagues, we were friends. I admire Sandy so much. She is the true epitome of a public servant. The work that she has done between the Borough and the University I think was ground breaking. She really should be recognized on a state level for the kind of efforts that she made to improve Town & Gown relationships. Not everybody does that. She did. I see that because I serve on the Board of Governors for the PASSHE system. She’s a rare type of public servant, local government official who really sees the big picture. Interested in economic development as well as community relations. She has done a lot to improve this town.”
Kutztown Police Chief Craig Summers and police officers also thanked Green, presenting her with a plaque and gift cards.
Kutztown Borough Manager Gabriel Khalife presented a framed borough newsletter, put together by Borough Secretary Gina Wiand, offering something for her to remember her time as Kutztown’s mayor.
“Presenting this for your wall,” said Khalife. “Congratulations.”
Green thanked everyone for the recognition.
“The past 12 years, it has been a great, great journey,” said Green. “I love this town. I’m surely going to miss being mayor. I loved being mayor. But there’s going to be a new chapter in my life.”
Green plans to spend more time with her family and travel.
“You’re going to have a good mayor,” said Green about Mayor elect Jim Schlegel who starts his term in January 2018. “He’s passionate about this town just like I’m passionate about this town.”
Snyder also presented a plaque of recognition to council member Peggy Devlin who finished her term. The Dec. 19 meeting was her last Council meeting before the board reorganization.
Devlin said she enjoyed serving on Borough Council and learned much about how a borough works.
“Everybody should take a chance and serve on Borough Council,” said Devlin. “Thank you for the opportunity.”