Corner Brook Mayor Neville Greeley. — Photo by Diane Crocker/The Western Star
CORNER BROOK — Mayor Neville Greeley is going to try his hand at carpentry now that he’s decided to end his political career.
Greeley, who took over as mayor of Corner Brook in 2009, announced via Twitter Sunday he won’t be seeking re-election when voters go to the polls in the municipal election Sept. 24.
“I’ve been hired down Bonne Bay Pond to build a garage,” Greeley said Sunday of his focus now that he won’t be running the city. “I have a cabin on Bonne Bay Pond where I hope to spend a lot of time, and when I’m not down here, I hope to spend a bit of time travelling, visiting my children out of province and visiting some friends I’ve made across the country over the years.”
The mayor said he spent a couple of months pondering his future in municipal politics. He talked about his future plans with his wife and children, and it became quite clear he had the support of his family.
He also noted that he didn’t want to make any announcement while the City of Corner Brook was involved in contract talks with its workers, but the two sides reached a tenative agreement Friday so he felt it was time to let the voters know his intentions.
“We’re all on the same page,” he said. “While I really enjoyed the position of mayor and enjoyed working with the staff and other councillors, and with the people of Corner Brook, I just figured I’ve given as much as I have to give at this point and it’s time for me to take a break.”
Greeley’s announcement now leaves Coun. Donna Francis as the only declared candidate for the mayor’s chair.