During her State of the City address in Meridian Wednesday, long-time mayor Tammy de Weerd announced this term would be her last.
“Well 2019 will be Meridian’s best year yet, and it will be my last year as your mayor,” de Weerd said. “I will not be running for reelection. My role as your mayor has been my highest privilege. It has been so rewarding, beyond expectations.”
De Weerd began serving as mayor in January, 2004 after serving a term on city council beginning in 1999. Before that she served on the city’s planning and zoning commission and parks and recreation commission.
With tears running down her face, de Weerd said her next focus is on her family.
“I’m going to watch my girls grow up. It’s true. It’s time for my family.”
De Weerd said she will continue to work hard on behalf of her constituents for the remainder of her term, which runs until January of 2020.
De Weerd, or “Mayor Tammy” as she prefers to be called, has seen explosive growth in the city during her fifteen years in the city’s top government job. Just 46,195 people lived in the city at the time – which has ballooned to nearly 100,000 according to 2017 US Census estimates. It went from the fifth-most-populous city in the state behind Boise, Nampa, Idaho Falls
She and her administration have focused on a pro-business and quality of life-centered approach, using the slogan “Built for business, designed for living.”
She oversaw the large donation of the Julies M. Kleiner Memorial Park and development, as well as several other recreation facilities. On her campaign website, she said “Meridian has transitioned from a community reliant on our neighboring communities to a full-service, self-reliant city where citizens and visitors alike can live, work, dine, shop, be entertained.”
In addition to de Weerd, city council member Ty Palmer told BoiseDev said he would not seek another term.