Standing ovation for Terry Caldwell’s legacy.

By Miguel Gonzalez

Editor & Founder

Caldwell (right) accepts the title of "Victorville Mayor Emeritus."

(Victorville)– 40 years of public service is not a number, it’s a legacy. Terry Caldwell’s last night as a sitting Victorville City Council member was spent thanking other who became integral parts of his career as a politician.

In a 17-minute speech, Caldwell thanked each of the sitting council members, key staff members and, of course, his family who became his rock during the difficult times of his four decades in the public eye.

In a symbolic passing of the batton, Caldwell spoke directly to then council member Ryan McEachron, who was only minutes away from taking over as Mayor of Victorville. “Ryan, I appointed you to the planning commission, you have presided over the most significant land-use decision in this city’s history. I have absolute confidence that you are prepared to continue to lead this city.”

Just minutes before his parting speech, Caldwell was given the recognition of “Mayor Emeritus” a never before given honor by the city. Outgoing Mayor Rudy Cabriales called the distinction, a “fitting honor for Caldwell’s long years of public service.”

Caldwell insisted staff and elected officials concentrate on the many positive things that Victorville has accomplished, and to disregard the negative comments from detractors.

“Don’t let the negative comments stir you off course. Stay the course your heart tells you for the better of the City of Victorville. You have the capacity to lead the City into bigger and better things,” Caldwell told McEachron and others present.

Finally, to seal his career as 40-year council member, Caldwell said goodbye with a simple “thank you one and all for being here, thank you for the privilege.”

The career of the council member was over, but when asked later that night about a possible run as a First District County Supervisor, Caldwell only replied with his characteristic smile: “Anything is possible.”

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