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Pittsburg Mayor Highlights Citizen Empowerment, Cleaner Community, and Healthy Tax Revenue during 2023 State of the City

In the backdrop of Mayor Seigle’s State of the City are elections in early November which pit Siegle and current council members and former Pittsburg Mayor Cheryl Brooks and Chuck Munsell, in addition to newcomer Matt O’Malley running for three city commission seats.

Pittsburg held its first in-person State of the City since 2019 on Wednesday.

KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Prior to the pandemic at the end of 2019, the State of the City was held annually, in-person.

A mix of elected officials, business leaders, city employees, police and fire staff, personnel from Pittsburg State, and residents were in attendance at Memorial Hall in downtown Pittsburg Wednesday morning.

Mayor Dr. Ron Seglie delivered the address focused on the numerous accomplishments that have taken place in Pittsburg over the past year. Making Pittsburg a cleaner and more neighborhood-friendly community has been a constant theme of Seglie’s time as Mayor. He spoke about those efforts on Wednesday.

“This whole effort was to empower citizens to get out there and do something for the city, for themselves, and to take pride in their neighborhood. If I was to stick around a lot longer I would go after the brick sidewalks. So many brick sidewalks, beautiful brick sidewalks in Pittsburg that it would be great if we could get them cleaned off.”

Notably not at the State of the City were City Commissioners and former Pittsburg Mayors Chuck Munsell and Cheryl Brooks. City elections take place on Tuesday, November 7.

Seglie, Munsell, Brooks, and newcomer Matt O’Malley are vying for three spots on the Pittsburg City Commission.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.