MAYOR NORM ARCHIBALD

MAYOR NORM ARCHIBALD

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

What do you feel like is your greatest accomplishment as a publicservant?I think the progress we have been making on a newwater reservoir for Abilene is the greatest thing I have been involved withsince becoming Mayor. We now have apermit before the TCEQ and very few cities in Texas can say they have accomplishedthat. What do you feel like is the greatest challenge facing the city ofAbilene, and what would you do to solve it? The greatest challenge facing Abilene iswater. It is also tied to bringing newjobs to Abilene because if we do not have adequate water supplies for thefuture, there will not be any companies that would want to bring jobs becauseof the water shortage. We continue towork every day to get the permits needed to build a new water reservoir forAbilene. It is a never ending processand we have made lots of progress in the last 3 years. {{more}} Sometimes the citizens have a cynical attitude when it comes to electedofficials. The attitude is a we vs. themattitude. What are you doing or what will you do to foster an environment whereevery citizen feels important? We have continue to seek input from the citizensthrough survey’s that can be done online, with surveys about services offeredby the City of Abilene, by having open public hearings at City Council Meetingsas well as meetings that involve TXDOT and the City Planning Staff. We have done this for things like the LandDevelopment Code, for Capital Projects, for Bond Elections as well as zoningissues and city ordinances. In addition,it is an everyday occurrence for people to call me directly on my phone and want to talk about anissue. I can’t go the grocery storewithout someone also wanting to visit about a concern they have for Abilene. It is being available when people want totalk. How do you believe the citizens of Abilene can help make this a bettercommunity? The citizens have always seen themselves as aneighbor helping a neighbor. When thereare needs like fires, blood drives, collections for people in need, Abilenecitizens have always come through with what was needed. It is what makes Abilene what it is. Another thing that citizens can do is tohave a positive attitude about where we live and be an ambassador for Abileneto the rest of the state. What make you uniquely qualified for the job of Mayor?I have been honored to serve as the Mayor ofAbilene for the last 10 years. During that time I have gain valuable experiencein dealing with water issues, Dyess AFB, economic development, the airport, thebudget, the streets, the Police and the Fire Departments to name a few. I think in this election that experiencecounts. I have proved leadership when wewill need it the most in the next few years. If you could have dinner with anyone from the past or currently living,who would it be and why?I would love to have dinner with RonaldReagan. In my lifetime I think he wasthe best President we have ever had. Hewas a man of principal and integrity. Hehad strong convictions and he stood up to people who wanted to be our enemies.I would love to have the chance to ask him about how he showed his leadershipto the country and the world. Tell us a little about your family, hobbies, etc.Nancy and I have been married for 41 years. We have two children, Bryan and his wifeBrooke and their two sons Hunter and Hudson Archibald and our daughter Betsy and her husband HunterDaniels and their daughter Margaret . Nancy and I first moved here 40 years ago in1974. We attend Highland Church of Christ where I have served as an Elder forover 10 years. I enjoy woodworking, fishing and kayaking. I also enjoy watching the Texas Rangers andthe Dallas Cowboys. I also enjoy workingin my yard and enjoy reading as well. I have been involved in the past as the Presidentof the Abilene High Booster Club and served in the past as the President of theAbilene Christian University Alumni Board.