MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Wednesday is the final day in office for three-term Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg.
Bragg chose not to run for a fourth term. Voters elected City Councilman Shane McFarland to succeed Bragg earlier this month.
When asked about successes during his 12 year tenure, Bragg noted that a close and productive working relationship with the City Council was a highlight of his term in office.
“We built roads. We built bridges. We enhanced our parks and added an entire soccer and neighborhood park, while rebuilding some of our downtown areas along the Maney Avenue corridor. So, a number of things that I’ve been very proud of that we’ve accomplished.”
Bragg says that perhaps his biggest regret was the hit the city’s reputation has taken over the ongoing mosque controversy.
“I wish the mosque had stayed in the city of Murfreesboro. I feel like we had a process in place which would have given our residents, and even those in the further reaches around Murfreesboro more of an opportunity to understand that they were just relocating inside the city and that they would have found a facility that would have been beneficial to them.”
Bragg concluded his remarks by noting that whatever success his administration had was simply building on the wise choices made by previous mayors and council members.