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Germantown mayor not seeking re-election

Goldsworthy is currently serving the last quarter of her fifth four-year term Goldsworthy is currently serving the last quarter of her fifth four-year term
A pile of newspaper clippings and other material on Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy's desk document Germantown's years-long fight for municipal schools. A pile of newspaper clippings and other material on Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy's desk document Germantown's years-long fight for municipal schools.

(WMC-TV) - Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy will not seek re-election in November.

She is currently serving the last quarter of her fifth four-year term as mayor of the city. She was first elected as an alderman in 1992 and was elected as mayor in 1994.

A pile of newspaper clippings and other material on Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy's desk document Germantown's years-long fight for municipal schools.

"I cannot think of anything else, over 20 years, that has so consumed the community conversation," she said.

Last year, private emails showed a clash between Shelby County school board members and the Germantown mayor. Those emails were revealed in a meeting over school buildings last fall.

At that meeting she asked the school board to grant the future Germantown Municipal Schools a 40-year lease on all current Germantown schools including Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools. Those three schools were later taken over by the SCS District.

But looking back over her two-decade career as the city's mayor, Goldsworthy said the biggest accomplishment, in her opinion, was something else:

addressing a rash of fatal car crashes involving teenage drivers.

"And early on, when I was mayor, we pulled some folks together— police department, citizens, high school folks— to say, 'Can we do anything to change this?' " she said.

A number of initiatives were adopted, including a driver's education course known as "Alive at 25."

"In the end, I cannot think of anything better to have done than to have impacted human life," she said.

Goldsworthy says her decision to retire was not a difficult one to make.

"I had really come to the conclusion after my last election, probably two years ago, really, saying, 'OK, this is kind of it, " she said.

Germantown will continue to be the Kansas-native's home, and it is where she plans to devote more time to family, travel, and civic groups.

"It has been a marvelous experience and one I wouldn't have traded for anything else I could imagine doing," she said.

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