When Burns Mayor Mary Glenn decided not to seek the mayor’s seat in the recent city election, one might think she was retiring from public office.
After all, the energetic, upbeat, popular official has certainly earned that right.
No, she’s not really retiring.
“I’m just taking a break,” Glenn said.
Moving to Burns 23 years ago, she and husband, Earl, have put their hearts and souls into this small but vibrant community. Earl is the “city man,” the one responsible for city utilities and projects.
Mary Glenn served many years as a member of the city council before being appointed twice as mayor.
She and other civic leaders were responsible for the construction of Burns Community Building, renovations to the city building and library, and the general rejuvenation of the small community, bordering the Butler County line.
Glenn also is proud of the town’s open door policy, encouraging local entrepreneurs to open new businesses or assist in relocating established businesses within the city.
Not one to just stay in her own backyard, Glenn was instrumental in convincing the county commission to put liquor by the drink on the county ballot. The issue was passed which allows restaurants to serve alcoholic drinks without a 10-day waiting period for memberships.
She has been involved with Marion County Economic Development Council, and continues to serve as chairman of Burns PRIDE.
“I’m looking forward to getting PRIDE more involved in the community,” Glenn said, with a focus on additional sidewalks.
“I’ll probably run for office again,” she said.
Until then, Glenn will continue to assist the Burns community any way she can.
“I’m just right here. I’m always glad to help,” she said.
A retirement reception in Glenn’s honor will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Burns Community Center, 301 N. Washington Ave., Burns.