SASKATOON – He’s done what no Saskatoon mayor has done before – today, October 27, 2015, Don Atchison becomes the city’s longest serving mayor. Atchison was sworn in exactly 13 years ago – on October 27, 2003.
October 27, 2015 – Don Atchison becomes Saskatoon’s longest serving mayor. File / Global News
October 27, 2015 – Don Atchison becomes Saskatoon’s longest serving mayor.
File / Global News
“When I started as a city councillor 21 years ago, I never dreamt that I would become the mayor,” said Atchison.
Both Henry Dayday and Cliff Wright served one day short of 13 years. In 2012 mayoral terms extended to four years instead of three and with that, Don Atchison now embarks on a milestone 13 years as mayor.
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Notable projects under his leadership include his vision for River Landing, the completion of Circle Drive with the construction of the South Bridge, and also his effort to make an appearance at an infinite number of community events – events that often take him away from his family and wife.
“The only event that I have been to every year, since becoming the mayor, is our anniversary. I’ve missed kid’s birthdays, Mardele’s, I’ve never been at home for my birthday and you know a lot of times there’s a question of why and with the children and with Mardele, it’s always been accepted,” he said.
Atchison confirmed with Global News he will run again in the next election, set for autumn 2016.