Posted 10:18 p.m. MST
His years in office as mayor are now winding down. Mayor Alan Krieger has been in charge of Yuma for the last four years. He says he's seen a lot of positive changes.
"I tried to put forth some items that would carry many, many years into the future,” said Mayor Krieger. “I think I’ve done that—certainly on animal control, the bus system, ambulance transport and roadway improvements working with ADOT.”
With the position, comes responsibility. The public, along with the rest of the council, put Krieger under the spotlight for issues involving conflict of interest. They even voted for an independent investigation into his actions.
Krieger also made local headlines for his remarks regarding "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the u-s military.
"Politics is politics,” explained Krieger. "I am the same person that I was now, maybe a little more cleaned up, but the agendas and the ideas and the intent of what I wanted to do are exactly the same." In hindsight, he says he hopes the public sees him as a steadfast leader.
"I was very clear about the issues that needed to be addressed,” said Krieger. “I addressed them, and I did exactly what I said I was going to do in my campaign. Very rare for a politician."
In two weeks, Mayor Elect Douglas Nichols will take over the spot. Mayor Krieger’s final words of wisdom: "Understand who you work for. You work for the people, and stay in touch with them,” said Krieger. "Respect people's property rights. Give everyone a fair hearing. Do the best you can, and just be honest."