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Words of appreciation from a proud mayor

To the editor:

I would like to take this time to thank all those people that supported me during my time as a public servant. I have no doubts that Mr. Bricker will be able to do the job but there will be a huge learning curve and I hope everyone understands that and gives him time to learn the job.

I would like to thank all the department heads, the union leadership, and employees for always working together for the betterment of the city. At no time in recent history has every department worked so hard together to accomplish goals and move East Liverpool forward. I am proud of every one of you!

On a more personal level, I want to thank my Service-Safety Director, Brian Allen; my Administrative Assistant, Robin Tokorcheck; Administrative Assistant to the Service-Safety Director, Christina Francis; and Deputy Director Rick Rudibaugh. Working as a team we were able to accomplish a lot and I appreciate the many sacrifices you each had to make. It was truly an awesome experience to work with each of you.

Thanks to all those who have called or texted me to see if I was OK. I’m truly fine. I woke up the morning after the election and was stress-free. Not having 11,000 people to try to please is awesome! Also, let’s look at what I’ve gotten to do over the years. I have been a police officer for my hometown. I served as a councilman for 7-plus years. I was privileged enough to serve a term as mayor! That’s a pretty good run for a 44-year-old Klondike kid that was told he was the bad kid of the neighborhood on more than one occasion. Now I get to go on a new journey and hopefully it’s as rewarding as the last. On the drive home after the election, I told my wife Melissa, man how cool is it that when our great-grandkids look up their heritage they will see I was mayor of the best small town in Eastern Ohio!

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank my wife Missy, and kids Hayden, Shaylin and Emily. Being in the public eye is not something they asked for but they stuck by me when I decided to run for office. This last election was hard on them with all the mudslinging and name-calling that went on by others running for office. It will be nice to fade back into society and hopefully not have to worry about your family being attacked or your kids seeing all the negativity being spread about you. Thanks for hanging in there, I love you guys.

Mr. Bricker, I wish you nothing but good luck and success as you start your political career. #PotterProud

Ryan C. Stovall,

East Liverpool

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