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January 1, 2014

'I leave with no regrets'

Kezer ends his run as Amesbury's longest-serving mayor

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Ultimately, Kezer said he wishes the DPW project could have come to fruition sooner, and more generally, that he could have had a full-time public relations assistant to help communicate his message to the public more effectively.

“I always took the philosophy of nose to the grindstone, of getting the work done and that the accomplishments and the success will tell their own story,” Kezer said. “If I stay focused on grinding through these projects and these initiatives, then the result of getting them done will tell the whole story, but that’s not the case.

“A position that would badly be needed here, and everywhere else, is you need a person solely dedicated to pumping out the accomplishments and success stories, because there are plenty of others who want to tell an alternate story,” he continued. “If I were to do the eight years over again, I’d probably push to have a dedicated person do all that type of communication and telling the story of what’s going on.”

While Kezer was often a polarizing figure in town among residents, he was well liked by city employees and those whom he dealt with frequently in the business community.

Mike Basque, who has served as the city’s chief financial officer under each of Amesbury’s three mayors, described Kezer as a hardworking individual who always focused on trying to make the right decisions for the people of Amesbury.

“He’s hard working, takes everyone’s opinion into consideration and it’s been a very positive experience,” Basque said. “He loved what he was doing, he was very fair to work with and I found it to be enjoyable.”

Going forward, Kezer said he is still looking for a new job but has received several offers that he’s considering, though he wouldn’t specify what those offers were for.

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