Ken Wright, Dunwoody’s first mayor, has announced he will not run for reelection. But for the past two years, he has held a unique seat to watch the young city take its first steps. Dunwoody Reporter staff writer Melissa Weinman asked Wright a few questions about his tenure as mayor and what he learned from the experience.
Q. What do you think is the most important thing you and the City Council have accomplished since Dunwoody became a city?
A. I cannot overlook the most obvious, which is successfully standing up the city during “the great recession,” in the black, with very limited resources. All the while keeping our community’s tax millage flat.
Q. What do you think will be the most important things for the mayor and city council to accomplish during the next term?
A. Continue to strengthen and maximize the financially smart, efficient and conservative nature of our services while searching for private partnerships, grants and opportunities for citizens to invest in areas where they may wish to have more than our low annual millage operating revenues will allow for.
Q. What advice do you have for the next mayor?
A. Have a deeper love for Dunwoody than you do for yourself. View the community through the whole prism and not just one angle.
Q. How was being mayor of Dunwoody different than you thought it would be?
A. I had no pre-conceptions or fantasies of what it would or would not be beyond a personal stretch and challenge.
Q. What will you miss (or not miss) about being mayor?
A. I’ll miss the crown I regularly wear around the city and the stiff hand waves I deliver as my motorcade barrels through town on the way to Costco.
Q. Do you have any regrets?
A. Not a single one.