Mapleton city administrator Bob Bradshaw has retired after nine years of service to Mapleton City. Members of city government and the community thanked him for his service at an open house held on Wednesday, June 27, at the Mapleton City Building.
Bob and his wife, author Anne Bradshaw, were born in England and spent the better part of their lives there (as their accents attest). Bob and Anne followed their children to the United States when they came to Utah in order to attend BYU.
Before coming to Mapleton, Bob worked for Springville City and also taught in the Masters of Public Administration program at BYU. He says, “I used to tell my students there that you should never stay anywhere longer than 5 years. After that, you get too attached to the place where you work, you run out of ideas, and your jokes get boring. Well, I’ve been here in Mapleton for nine years …” he trails off with typical dry British humor.
Bob came to Mapleton as a part-time employee under Mayor Dean Allen. During his nine years, he served under Mayors Brady and Wall as well. He had worked at Springville City previously.
Mayor Brian Wall cited a number of Bob’s accomplishments, including helping to construct the new pressurized irrigation pond; overseeing the city obtaining an A+ bond rating, which has saved considerable expense; restructuring the Public Works department and adding a City Engineer; overhauling the city’s business license ordinance; helping to construct the new City Building and Public Works Building; overseeing bonding and construction of the Crowd Canyon Water Tank, the Well and the main water lines; obtaining a Department of Environmental Qualities approval to award Mapleton City $2.7 million left in trust by Ensign Bickford and negotiating a side agreement with Presidio for delayed reimbursement payments at a 6% interest rate payable to Mapleton City; introducing a Door-to-Door Solicitor Ordinance; reviewing City Council Committees; and establishing many sub-committees.
Bob is an avid runner who has participated in numerous marathons. During the open house, the City presented him with a Garmin GPS device as a token of appreciation.
“It’s been a great nine years here,” Bob says. “But nothing has been done by me alone. Everything has been accomplished through great teamwork on the part of the Mayor, City Council, and city employees. Any praise I have been given, I share with you. You are a fantastic team, and I pay tribute to you for all that you have done.”
Bob and Anne are the parents of four children and fifteen grandchildren, some of whom were able to attend the open house.
They are relocating to California, where three of their four children live at present. Best of luck, Bob and Anne!