Commissioner Matt Rains officially resigns to run for mayor

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The Pampa City Commissioners met over Zoom on Monday for their first meeting of 2021.

While the agenda was fairly light with mostly routine items, Commissioner Matt Rains did officially resign so he could run for the mayor seat being vacated as Brad Pingel has opted not to run for re-election.

“Effective at the conclusion of executive session today I am resigning from my position of City Commissioner of Pampa in Ward 2,” Rains said. “It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Pampa for the last three years. Serving the local government at times can be a thankless job, but I truly believe there is no greater purpose than to serve others.”

Rains noted that Pampa, like many Texas Panhandle towns, is facing the dwindling population and many challenges in regards to tax rates and other factors. But he is proud of the collaborative effort shown by City staff and commissioners.

“As we continue to look to the future, I strongly believe that the foundation to Pampa’s success lies in our ability to foster meaningful employment opportunities for our citizens,” Rains said. “The better employed our citizens are the more money they return to our local economy via housing, shopping, eating, etc.”

Rains said he has wanted to serve the City of Pampa since he was a child and has always had a passion for Pampa. 

“Working with the Mayor, City Commissioners and City Staff has been a pleasure,” Rains said. “We are blessed in Pampa to have a group of selfless people working together for the greater good of our city. I’m hopeful that my time to serve our city has not come to an end, but rather, a pause.”

Rain announced on Jan. 31 via social media that he will be running for mayor in the May elections.

The City Commissioners also approved the following items:

• Minutes of the December 14, 2020 Regular Commission Meeting as presented.

• Absence of Commissioner Karen McLain from the December 14, 2020 Regular Commission Meeting.

• Act on adopting Resolution No. R21-001, a Resolution by the City Commission adopting Executive Order GA-32 and extending to February 8, 2021 the City of Pampa’s Declaration of Local Disaster.

• Act on approving the List of Disbursements dated November 2020.

The Commissioners also recognized the following employees for their years of service:

• Five years: Uriel Diaz-Recreation, Arthur Garcia-Solid Waste, Ricky Harvill-Sanitation Collection, Rachel Ledgerwood-Utilities Collections, Lance Richburg-Police, Terry Davis-Wastewater, Victoria Carrillo-Recycling, Theresa Daniels-Finance, Nathan Stawarski-streets, Ruben Ponce- Parks and Rec, Timothy Payne-streets, Joshua Mangham- solid waste, Billy Matthews- streets

• Ten years: Jessica Mann- Dispatch, Jodi Allen- Finance, Joey Roberts- Police

• Fifteen Years: Cynthia Silva- Municipal Court, Robert Griffin- Code, Kasey Presson- Fire, Neal Gardner- Police, Rick Rivera- Solid Waste, Manuel Navarrete- Streets.

• Twenty Years: Robin Bailey- Finance

• Thirty Years: Debbie McDonald- Dispatch

• Thirty-five years: Keith Arnzen- Fire

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