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Letter | Appreciation for mayor Jim Pearman
Mercer Island is especially fortunate to have gifted individuals willing to share their gifts to benefit our community. Such is the case with Jim Pearman, a home-grown boy, who has certainly made good things happen for Mercer Island.
Beginning in high school, helping to lead the concept and make the recycling center a reality, to more recently serving as our mayor for two terms, Jim has unselfishly made a positive difference for all of us. Each time we walk into the bustling Mercer Island Community and Event Center we say a personal “thank you” to Jim for his determined leadership as the former Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Board. It would have been so much easier to throw in the towel when those lacking vision believed the community center unnecessary. Our community center with meeting rooms, programs, gym, art gallery and athletic facility is a tribute to Jim’s leadership.
To observe the scope of preparation materials our City Council members study prior to each meeting and thereafter is to better understand the complexities of the job we ask them to undertake. Jim’s leadership as mayor for two terms, working to bring consensus to the Council, has been a story of genuine concern for our community, of intelligence, and talent at work.
Our thanks to Kati, Jim’s wife, who has supported him and has been willing to share Jim with not only the community but also the region, for the position of mayor requires broader representation and vision.
Most sincere thanks to Jim Pearman, a hometown boy that most certainly made good, and made things better, for all of us.
Orm and Sue Sherwood