Gordon, who experienced medical problems beginning last August, returned to work last week on a part-time, limited basis. First on his agenda: Thank everyone who prayed for him and supported him through one of the most difficult medical experiences in his life.
“Many, many people showed support for me during this ordeal, and I could not be more appreciative,” Gordon said. “Their prayers saved my life; there is no doubt of that in my mind.
“I am thankful to the City Council for their encouragement and patience. And I want all of you to know, from my heart to yours, that I appreciate your love, your prayers and your concerns. The outpouring of love you have shown me and my family has been meaningful to us beyond measure. God has answered your prayers, and I am truly thankful to each and every one you.”
Gordon also commended City staff — in particular, acting City Manager Mike Bailey — for their stellar work during his absence.
“I can’t say enough about our staff,” Gordon said. “They really didn’t miss a beat. They know their jobs very well, and they all stepped up to do what was needed. Mike Bailey has done an excellent job in overseeing daily operations and in working to move the City of Bartlesville forward. His strength, integrity and leadership have guided us through this difficult time, and his service is deeply appreciated.”
“We are overjoyed to have Mr. Gordon back at work,” said Mayor Dale Copeland. “Although staff did an admirable job in his absence, his caring leadership and inherent knack for guiding this community’s municipal operations were sorely missed. It truly is an answer to prayer having Ed back in his accustomed place at City Hall.”
Bailey, who also serves as Administrative Services director, will continue in his role as acting city manager until Gordon returns to work full-time.