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Citing health issues, Sherman mayor resigns
June 15, 2017

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SHERMAN - After 10 years of service, Sherman Village Mayor John Patterson has decided to retire.

Patterson submitted a letter of retirement about two weeks prior to the village board of trustees regular meeting on June 7. Sherman Deputy Mayor Isaac Gratto was designated at that meeting to serve as acting mayor until the November elections.

Patterson said he decided to retire due to ongoing health problems both with himself and his wife, Sally.

"We both need to concentrate on taking care of each other," he said.

Patterson noted that he actually has completed the term he was elected to serve. However, the board recently moved the general election from May to November.

"I'm sure Isaac will take over and do a very good job," he said.

Patterson became a trustee for the village in 2008. In 2009, he became mayor. Some of the achievements he said he is proud of include obtaining grants for the renovation of the Yorker museum; updating village equipment; and obtaining medical coverage for employees.

Another thing that he is proud of is his effort to keep the county barn located in Sherman.

"I worked hard on that," he said. "Now there is a new state-of-the-art building being built."

Throughout his years of service, Patterson said he and the board have striven to keep the tax levy as low as possible.

"We tried to give the taxpayer as much bang for the buck as we could," he said. "We held the tax rates down exceptionally well. We did most of our stuff on a bare bones budget."

Patterson also spearheaded a fundraising drive that raised more than $8,000 for the Roswell cancer center. Throughout the year, Patterson let his hair grow, while people purchased tickets for a chance to shave his head. During the annual Sherman Day celebration, winners were drawn and his head was shaved down to the skin.

"I enjoyed that," he said.

Patterson said he attributes his success as mayor to the board and staff, especially to Streets Superintendent Doug Crane, wastewater plant manager Jay Irwin and Village Clerk Jeanette Ramm. But he gives his greatest credit to the board of trustees.

"I attribute my success as mayor to the support I got from the board of trustees," he said.

Patterson said he has always tried to respect the opinion of others.

"I never held a grudge against anybody for their opinion or for what they felt was right," he said.

In other business, the board discussed obtaining a bond resolution for the purpose of upgrading the wastewater plant. The deadline for the application is June 23.

Board members also learned that the Dollar General Corporation has purchased the lots where it intends to build a new store. The corporation said estimates that the new store will be operational by November.

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