Pam Gosline is Vernon’s new mayor. In an historic first, she becomes the first woman to serve as mayor of Vernon.
She took over following the resignation of Doug Jeffrey, officially accepted on Tuesday night. Gosline was the only candidate for mayor, and in a normal year would have assumed office in May. However, due to the coronavirus-forced delay in the election until November, Jeffrey could have stayed in office until then. He submitted his resignation, so that Gosline would not lose any of her time in office.
Gosline grew up in Vernon, graduating in 1973 and moved to Dallas in 1974.
“I decided to move back to Vernon in 2009. Being back home where I belong has been such a blessing and it’s great to be closer to my friends and family. The people here are awesome, and I like the simplicity of a small town,” she said
Gosline said she had some clear objectives in mind: “As Mayor I will continue to focus on: Maintaining an open line of communication with all citizens; Infrastructure – water, sewer and street maintenance; a program to Clean Up Vernon to Grow Vernon; grow local recreation for generations to come; and spend dollars within our budget.”
“These are the same items that I ran on as City Commissioner two years ago and feel they are still very important issues,” Gosline said. “I feel confident in being the Mayor of Vernon because of the support and relationships that I have built with our other City Leaders, Commissioners Justin Marsh, Don Adylott and Britt Ferguson. We work extremely well as a team. We don’t always agree but we all respect each other and only want what is best for the citizens of Vernon. Marty Mangum is an experienced City Manager along with the entire staff at City Hall. Chief of Police Randy Agan and Fire Chief JJ Oznick are both well qualified and experienced in their appropriate positions. I am semi-retired and will have the time necessary to be involved in our community.
“We do have some challenges ahead of us due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We have lost significant revenues which will affect our budget. However, I feel confident in our City Manager giving us direction during these “unchartered waters”. We will have to watch our spending and unfortunately put some projects on hold. But Vernon is strong, I have no doubt we will get through this. I look forward to working with the commissioners and staff and can assure the citizens of Vernon that we all want what is best for Vernon, Texas!
“If you have any questions or would like to discuss any issue, please contact me at 214-762-5514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am excited and ask for your prayers and support.”
In September 2001, Gosline co-founded Five Star Recruiting, LLC. Her career in the restaurant industry spans over 40 years. She serves as a Vernon Boys & Girls Club Board of Director, as a Rolling Plains Management Executive Committee Member, Rotary Club member, Vernon Chamber of Commerce member, Texas Municipal League (TML) Vice President, delivers Meals on Wheels, Wilbarger Humane Society former Executive Board Member, and has served on various committees in the Vernon community.