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Gipson, Great Champion for the City

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By Tammy Moore Teague

He came in as mayor during one of the city’s most difficult times. With the waste water woes and the personnel conflicts it was not a job many would have wanted to step up to take on. But, for Michael Gipson it was the only thing to do. He said he was tired of the negative light “his” town was being cast in. He wanted to make a difference, and that, he certainly has done!

He has served the city well for the past nine months, and as City Attorney Matt Ketcham said, “He is a great champion for the city.”  Personally, I had never met Gipson before he became mayor. Our first encounter was at his first council meeting as mayor. I went up to introduce myself. He was jovial and very personal. I was in awe as he invited me to take his seat at the head of the council table. This was my first impression, and it was the first of many memories that I feel so blessed to have made with him during his time in office.

Gipson has routinely named “Good Neighbors,” people he felt stood out by being kind, courteous and neighborly. However, while each were named rightly, I believe most would agree that Gipson himself is the greatest of neighbors. Gipson’s motto is “community, town and school.” That isn’t just a motto, it’s his life.

Personally, I have been provided opportunities to see Gipson stand up against all odds for his town and its people. He is truly an ambassador to the city.

Following Gipson’s exit, Buddy Black will take the reins. Black contends that he will continue the work that Gipson started. Gipson will serve as the Chamber of Commerce President and will remain on the Mansfield School Board.

Everyone is invited to the Mansfield City Hall on December 27 from 2-4 p.m. for Gipson’s farewell reception.  From the citizens of Mansfield, and the entire community we say thank you for your selfless service Michael Gipson!




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Tammy Teague
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