It is hard to believe an entire year has passed by! We spent 2022 as a city celebrating our centennial, and what a year it was! It was a year filled with some truly spectacular events, and I want to take a sentence or two here and thank our AMAZING staff for the incredible amount of work they put in to make these events a success.
It would be impossible to thank each person individually, but Clearfield City is the 6th best place in the nation to raise a family because of every single one of these people: our Communications Department, our Community Services (aka Park & Rec) employees, Public Works crews and our incredible Police Department gives everything they have and sacrifice so much to make it that way. While the North Davis Fire District isn’t technically a city department, we couldn’t ask for a better partner to keep our residents safe. This year they went from being fire fighters and EMTs to taking over the paramedic services the county had been providing for decades.
With the first 100 years behind us, we turn our focus to the next 100 years. Well, maybe we will focus on the next 20 first and take it from there. I have told people for years that the most difficult part of serving as the mayor or on the city council is that I have a present-moment mentality, and development doesn’t work that way. Things take time, and you quickly find that things you want to see happen today may take ten to twenty years. But it is for that reason we have put so much emphasis on our youth. They are the future of Clearfield, and I want to make sure every decision we make as a city is made with their future in mind.
Speaking of our youth, the events we’ve held and the fun of this past year could not have happened without the help of the Clearfield City Youth Commission. The have been at EVERY event, volunteering their time and helping to make the events a success. We still have a few openings on the Youth Commission. If you are interested, reach out to me!
Here’s to a wonderful 2023! May it bring great things to each of you!
Mayor Mark Shepherd