Thursday February 06, 2014
Current City Council Chair, Pam Mackenzie, has announced that she will run for a second term in the upcoming March elections, seeking the three-year seat. When asked what motivated her to ask the voters to return her to the Council Mackenzie replied, ”I feel a strong commitment to ensuring the City’s continued vitality. I believe that over the last year we have made some excellent progress towards restoring South Burlington to the great community that has long been its proud tradition. There is still hard work to do and I’m committed to seeing our accomplishments continue and making sure that our efforts are not lost.”
She went on to list several highlights from her last two years on the Council which she feels make her an excellent candidate for continuing to serve.
• Led the conversation on behalf of the City to settle the University Mall lawsuit;
• Convened a Blue Ribbon search committee to find a new City Manager, which resulted in the hiring of Kevin Dorn;
• Set a civil and respectful tone and decorum at Council meetings;
• Respectfully supported the Vermont Air National Guard and the basing of the F35,
• Conducted Council meetings at various locations around the community to provide Council members, citizens, and municipal departments with greater exposure and opportunity for dialogue;
• Established a collaborative and productive relationship with the leadership of both the Burlington Airport and the City of Burlington;
• Led the effort, in partnership with CCRPC and federal delegation to secure a grant for the launch of a collaborative, inclusive process to plan for the future of the Chamberlin neighborhood;
• Requested of City staff to apply prudent fiscal restraints to the budget for FY 2015.
Of her role as Chair of the City Council, Mackenzie said, “ I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to work to make a positive difference in South Burlington. I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved and I am dedicated to continuing on the optimistic path we have forged. South Burlington is a great place to live and I truly appreciate the broad based support I have received for my leadership on the council.”
Mackenzie has been a proven leader since the early days of her professional career. As a member of the Executive Office staff for President Jimmy Carter, she was given the responsibility of logistics for The White House Conference on Families.
She has spent over 30 years working in corporate leadership roles, and during her professional career, she was frequently recognized for her abilities to work productively toward common goals with diverse constituencies, and for her ability to communicate effectively around complex issues.