During her last official council meeting as the Mayor of Bellaire, Cindy Siegel was recognized for her service to the city by her fellow council members and city staff.
Siegel is term limited and will leave office on Jan. 9.
Since being elected to council in 1998, Siegel has served as mayor pro tem (2000-2002) and as mayor (2004-2012).
Before joining council, Siegel served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Siegel was presented with several remembrances from city staff including a fire department hat, a plaque and coin from the police department and a basket from the parks and recreation department and city library with items to take to the pool and a Friends of Bellaire Library book bag.
The city’s department heads also read a proclamation that they had written for the mayor proclaiming Dec. 19 as Cindy Sigel Day.
“Our mayor will never be forgotten for her leadership, perseverance, can-do attitude and her initiative to understand all the workings and challenges of the staff of the City of Bellaire, always focused on the spirit that is Bellaire,” the proclamation read in part. “Our mayor gave credit when and where it was due, became our face to the media while suffering the pain of tragic loss from hurricanes and celebrated the happier times of Centennial celebrations and dedications, our Mayor Cindy Siegel will always be “our mayor.”
City Manager Bernie Satterwhite presented Siegel with Houston Dynamo gear to always remember her efforts to keep the soccer stadium from being built in Bellaire.
The council also presented Siegel with a gift of a candelabra and thanked her for her leadership.
“You’ve left me with a tough act to follow,” Mayor Elect Phil Nauert said. “You’re leaving things better than you found them.”
Councilman Roman Reed said she will go down as one of the best mayors Bellaire has ever had. Other council members thanked her for her dedication, friendship and time.
“It’s been quite a ride,” Siegel said. “I’m really touched.”
Siegel said by being on council she didn’t just give up her time but her families time and thanked her husband Bob and daughters Jennifer and Lauren for supporting her.
Siegel also thanked the residents of Bellaire and city staff for being there for her and supporting her while she was on council.
“We live in a fabulous, fabulous community,” she said. “I know I’m leaving the city in good hands.”
Council also recognized Nauert, who will be sworn in as mayor in January.
Nauert has served on council in position four since 2008, but has been a member of council since 1998.
Prior to being elected to council, Nauert served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Recycling Committee.