To the editor:

I would like to thank the citizens of Salt Lake County for the privilege and opportunity of serving as their county commissioner. The seven years that I have spent in office were exciting, uplifting and very rewarding.Salt Lake County is a great place with wonderful people and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with many of you. I thank you for your support and for all your contributions to the county and your fellow citizens.

Abraham Lincoln said, "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true; I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have." I leave office with the satisfaction that we have given direction for the future progress of Salt Lake County. I came to the commission with the intent to serve and I leave knowing that I was true to that commitment.

I am proud of the record we leave. The county has not raised property taxes for six years. More new library construction and renovation of existing libraries has been done than at any other time. We have developed more park land and expanded recreation programs more than in any like period.

A new minimum security jail is under construction and several other projects have been completed expanding jail space. We have made great progress on our infrastructure development. Little Dell Dam is finally a reality. Our flood control efforts have prepared us for the future and our five-year road plan is a reality. We have become a national leader with our emergency preparedness plan.

Our economic development efforts are paying off. Our local economy is outperforming the national trends and we have been named the best place in America to locate a business.

It has been a good seven years. I would like to thank Commissioners Stewart and Barker. They are noble and honorable men who have served the public well. To the new commissioners, I wish you well. You are about to embark upon one of the most interesting journeys of your life.

As this door closes, a new one opens. I am excited for the future and will remember fondly the past. Thank you.

M. Tom Shimizu

Salt Lake County Commission