Q&A with Mayor Gerard Jalbert

September 10th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

A South Portland native, Mayor Gerard Jalbert is hanging up his gavel after many years of city service.

SOUTH PORTLAND – As mayor, Gerard “Jerry” Jalbert has led the city of South Portland through a tumultuous year, including overseeing the process that led to the controversial ban on tar sands oil.

Now he’s ready to step down and let someone else take up the reins. Earlier this summer Jalbert declared he would not run for re-election to the City Council this fall, leaving his District 5 seat open.

In all, Jalbert has given 20 years of service to the city, serving on various boards and commissions, as well as one, three-year term on the City Council.

Jalbert was born in Caribou, where his father was a sergeant in the motor pool at Loring Air Force Base. But the family moved to South Portland when he was 2, so Jalbert considers the city to be his hometown.

Other than a short stint in the Army, Jalbert has lived and worked in South Portland his whole life. He has three adult sons and five grandchildren.

At 61, Jalbert said he’s ready to “enjoy life” and spend his free time on favorite activities like kayaking, bike riding and more, although he still works full time as a reverse mortgage specialist.

This week, Jalbert spoke with the Current about his long years of service to South Portland and why he is not running for re-election.

Q: What other boards and committees have you served on?

A: In addition to the City

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