El Paso Mayor John Cook gives last State of the City address

El Paso Mayor John Cook gives last State of the City address
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 8:04pm

Mayor John Cook gave his last State of the City address after eight years in office.

In Mayor Cook style, he went in singing and then addressed a packed luncheon hosted by The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

He spoke to the crowd about his greatest achievements and challenges during his eight-year tenure as mayor.

This year's theme was "I Did It My Way" which he said was chosen by him since his committee couldn't decide on a theme.

When asked what he was most proud of, he said uniting the community of El Paso.

He said the biggest challenge of mayor was the fight involving domestic partner benefits of city employees.
"I stood up for what I thought was right regardless of what the consequences were going to be so it was the most difficult. It was also one of the things I'm most proud of," said Mayor Cook.

He said the city's biggest challenge in the future is getting everyone behind the controversial Triple-A ballpark downtown.
"I wasn't for the stadium and I wasn't for tearing down city hall but once decisions are made, you just need to move forward," said Mayor Cook.

We talked to people at the event about what they thought of Mayor Cook's time in office.
"I think the philosophy of bringing and moving El Paso forward. I know it's been a challenge because like anything else, it's hard to instill change. I think the mayor recognizes and has that vision that El Paso can be an even better city than it is," said Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

"I think he's been a great leader in getting things moving in this city; getting new quality of life issues going on. He's been supportive in us creating a new children's museum for El Paso. I think he'll be missed," said Laurie Paternoster with the El Paso Exploreum.

Mayor Cook's last day on the job is June 24.

He has been in public service for 14 years and said he will find another way to serve the community.

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