The Town of South Bethany honored former mayor Kathy Jankowski with a reception and proclamation before the town council meeting July 11.
“It’s great! I’m surprised. I figured people have better things to do on a Friday,” Jankowski mused.
Her successor, Mayor Pat Voveris, read a proclamation honoring Jankowski’s two years at mayor, from 2012 to 2014, including “exemplary leadership after Hurricane Sandy.”
The council and residents in attendance applauded her service.
Jankowski had already served on the town’s Planning Commission and Community Enhancement Committee, and as president of the South Bethany Property Owners Association.
She ran for mayor because “I felt like it was my time,” she said.
Jankowski was mostly inspired by “the people. I just love the people and working with them and the town staff.”
Now spending several months per year in Florida, she said she “didn’t feel right doing it remotely.”
But she still feels “a real sense of community” in South Bethany and laughs to admit she misses serving the town, although she doesn’t have to check her email every night anymore. However, a few people have continued to share concerns with her, flagging her down in the street before remembering that she’s no longer the mayor.
“I worked in corporate America before. You can’t please all the people all the time. I knew that,” Jankowski said. “A lot of people really just want to be heard and don’t always expect you to solve the problem. … They just want to be heard.”