Dear Residents of Gettysburg
During the Primary campaign for Mayor of Gettysburg, I said I would forego the $5,000 salary if I were elected Mayor. I fully intended to keep that commitment. Sadly, my husband, Eric, died during the general election campaign. This greatly impacted my financial situation, so I have had to rethink taking the mayor salary.
I am also finding that there will be expenses incurred as mayor that will be my responsibility. The job of mayor is enjoyable and rewarding, and I hope that you will understand that due to the unforeseeable change in my life, I need to take the mayor salary. I remain committed to serving all the residents of Gettysburg to the best of my ability, and am issuing this statement in the interest of transparency.
Rita C. Frealing, Mayor