Nathan Mahrt, last council meeting, December 17, 2019

Nathan Mahrt, who decided to not seek re-election to the Denison City Council this year, talks about how it was an honor to serve the people of Denison, first as mayor, and then as an at-large council member. To Mahrt’s right is Jessica Garcia, who began serving on the city council after she was elected in November to complete the remaining two years of a term for the other at-large council position. Greg Miller was elected to serve in the seat that Mahrt is vacating. Photo by Gordon Wolf

Nathan Mahrt’s current career with city government in Denison was framed by a call to open a meeting and pronouncement to adjourn a meeting.

His presided over his first meeting as mayor at a council work session on Thursday, January 5.

On Tuesday, he adjourned the council’s regular meeting as mayor pro tem in the absence of outgoing mayor Jared Beymer.

Mahrt served two two-year terms as mayor beginning in 2006. He was narrowly defeated by Dennis Fineran in the 2009 mayoral election. In April 2011 he was appointed as an at-large council member. Mahrt ran for a full four-year at-large council term in November 2011 and another four-year term in 2015.

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting, council member David Loeschen initiated a round of thank-yous for Mahrt.

“We really appreciate all your various capacities with the city and anticipate that won’t end,” Loeschen said.

Mahrt responded that he would continue to be involved.

“I told John (council member John Granzen) yesterday that I’m taking a break, as far as I’m concerned. I’ll be back here someday, if people want me,” he said. “It’s just time for me to take a break.”

Mahrt mentioned that he may be using some of his time to help with the Donna Reed Foundation.

“A lot of stuff was put on hold to be here,” he added. “I’m just saying see you later, not goodbye.”

Later Mahrt continued, “It’s been an honor, truly it has been an honor to serve the public in this capacity.”

He added he worked at Denison Municipal Utilities (DMU) before he was elected mayor.

After working at DMU, Mahrt began teaching for the Denison Community School District and is currently the industrial technology instructor at the high school.

“It has been about giving back to the public and not so much about me, but more about the city, and that’s where my heart has always been and it will be,” he said. “So I’m not going away. I’m not moving. I just need to take care of some things. I’ll be back. And I thank the citizens for allowing me to do this for as long as I have.”

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