The Commerce Journal

May 22, 2013

City councilman, attorney, finance director bid farewell to Commerce

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Three long time members of Commerce government recently stepped down from their offices and were recognized during the May 21 Commerce City Council Meeting.

Councilman and former mayor John Sands and former Commerce City Attorney Jim McLeroy both stepped down; and this was the last meeting for Warren Jamieson, finance director for the city.

“It has been a pleasure working in Commerce,” Jamieson said.

Jamieson will be leaving at the end of the month and will be replaced by Summer Spurlock, who he is currently training

Sands served as either mayor or councilman for 16 years in Commerce and said he has been fortunate to work with the people he has.

“You have got the best staff,” he said. “Starting with the city manager; and everyone working to make this city better.”

Sands said he enjoyed working with McLeroy immensely, although he said he thinks not many people would have realized it.

“We fought so many times you’d think we were mortal enemies,” he said. “But we always agree.”

During his tenure, the city saw an upgraded city park, a new city hall and police and fire department, and beginning construction on the road project.

Sands said he would like to see the growth continue with the current city council.

“Continue advertising Commerce as a place everyone wants to live,” he said. “Thank you. God bless you all. God bless America, and God bless Commerce.”

McLeroy, who was hired by Sands, served the council for 15 years as city attorney, seeing four mayors, five city managers and numerous councilmembers come and go.

When McLeroy was city attorney, the council would always call on him to give the opening prayer. He joked that he finds it odd that “Somehow the job of praying has fallen to the lawyer.”

On a serious note, McLeroy said the city council he worked for always had his back, and urged citizens to keep the council in their thoughts and prayers.

“Please continue to support them because they are supporting you,” he said.