Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon helped information his metropolis by way of some difficult instances, particularly throughout his second time period of workplace. First elected in 2018, Mayor Gordon was re-elected for a second time period from Might of 2020 to Might of 2022. Through the previous 16 months, Duncanville-experienced a number of uncommon, extraordinarily troublesome challenges. The challenges began with the Covid-19 Pandemic and ensuing shutdowns. Then the Uri Blizzard blanketed most of Texas earlier this 12 months.
Mayor Gordon recalled, “The pandemic was effectively underway, and in the midst of that got here Uri and all of the power outages. Then we had the specter of probably dropping water provides, brought on by a significant fireplace within the metropolis. This introduced on a water disaster by taking up 50% of our obtainable provide. We had to enter water reserves, however fortunately the disaster didn’t final that lengthy. We made public bulletins asking everybody to limit their water use. After we recognized our 5 main business customers, I contacted each personally requesting them to shut briefly. All of them agreed, and Dallas Water Utilities was quickly in a position to replenish our provide and avert a disaster.”
Mayor Gordon Geared up for Emergencies
The Mayor was extraordinarily effectively outfitted to assist Duncanville climate these storms. Different challenges have been introduced on by quite a lot of personnel adjustments throughout this time. The racial unrest that threatened the complete nation was one other problem. The Mayor’s intensive government administration expertise, gained from his 33-year profession with a Division of Protection company, had ready him effectively. Mayor Gordon’s calm diplomacy and workforce constructing expertise have been invaluable in conserving the Metropolis on an excellent keel throughout troublesome instances.
His years with the protection company additionally confirmed Gordon the significance of being adaptable. His household was relocated 14 instances, together with residing abroad in England, Turkey, Germany, and Hawaii. As foreigners residing and dealing in such nations as American Samoa, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Korea, and Saudi Arabia, their purpose was to make connections.
Mayor Gordon mentioned, “Each time we moved, it was our job to be pleasant, and to exit and make pals in the neighborhood.”
After he retired as Senior VP of the company in 2003, Gordon and his spouse, Marlyse, have been keen to place down everlasting roots in Duncanville. They’ve lived in Duncanville over 20 years, and are energetic members of the southwest neighborhood. The Gordons not too long ago celebrated their fiftieth anniversary, and are members of The Lighthouse Church in Dallas. He chairs their finance committee, performs saxophone within the worship band, and so they each educate Bible research. Mayor Gordon additionally belongs to Duncanville Lions Membership and Rotary Membership.
Sturdy Perception System
The Mayor is a religious Christian, and says that his spirituality and having a powerful perception system helped him keep a relaxed demeanor in face of adversity.
Rev. Dr. Ginger Hertenstein, the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Duncanville, labored intently with Mayor Gordon and others in Metropolis Authorities throughout these difficult instances. Mayor Gordon requested Dr. Hertenstein to prepare the Metropolis’s Armstrong Park rally in response to protests and racial unrest in surrounding communities. The peaceful rally in Duncanville featured speeches by native ministers, elected officers, and civic leaders. It additionally featured prayers, religious hymns, and Gospel music by church choirs.
Dr. Hertenstein mentioned, “God is conscious of what we face even earlier than we face it, and He locations explicit individuals in our lives for such troublesome instances. Mayor Gordon is an individual of religion, and I imagine he was positioned in a management place for that point. As a person of religion, he was in a position to depend on God and search his knowledge.”
In 2017, whereas serving on a civic board, Gordon says a number of neighborhood leaders approached him about operating for Mayor of Duncanville. For the following few months, Gordon mentioned he and Marlyse prayerfully thought-about this essential resolution. He agreed to run for Mayor, and in 2018 he received the election with 61% of the vote.
One in all his early targets, Mayor Gordon mentioned, was to have the ability to “conduct metropolis council conferences the place vital issues might be mentioned in a civilized method, with various factors of view thought-about and debate dealt with in knowledgeable approach.”
Different preliminary targets included absolutely funding first responders and filling regulation enforcement vacancies with long-term officers. He additionally hoped to draw sustainable retail to town, and proceed strengthening the Metropolis’s partnership with Duncanville ISD. Early challenges included the truth that Duncanville is 95% built-out, making it harder to draw corporations that want vital acreage. Demographics additionally present town’s inhabitants is maturing. Mayor Gordon mentioned the Metropolis’s new Financial Growth Director, Agustin (Gus) Garcia, is continuous to deal with many of those considerations.