Sylva’s mayor has announced that he will not be running for a second term. Mayor Maurice Moody has decided that after 4 years as mayor and 12 years as a commissioner he will be retiring from politics. When asked what led to this decision, Mayor Moody had this to say: “My wife had an influence, she was ready for me to retire from politics. I want to be able to spend more time with grandchildren and maybe a little more time on horseback, it just felt like a good time to go ahead and retire”. Later when asked the question “Of your combined 16 years of service to the city, what do you think is your biggest accomplishment?”. Mayor Moody responded with: “Well, I think the accomplishments go to the entire board, not one individual whether it be a commissioner or the mayor. We have had several accomplishments in the passing of our ordinances when I first got on the board that I think was significant, that was really the first time we had some comprehensive ordinances. The renovation of the swimming pool was significant. Main street renovation was significant, it was actually started in the term before I was elected and we carried it through. The Bridge Park was a major accomplishment. Again, all of these were really a community effort not just one individual or not only the Board. I think there are a lot of citizens that deserve a lot of credit with all of those”. Although Mayor Moody announced his plans for retirement in June, he will still be serving in office for several more months. Filing to run in the upcoming mayoral elections begins on July 5th, elections will be held in November, and the new mayor will take office the first Thursday in December, until then the mayor says he is glad to serve the city he loves.