Thomas Silder, Mayor
Thomas Silder was an interesting man. He ran the town’s waste disposal business and was elected Mayor by a fluke. He was the only person in town at the time that had the 100 dollars in cash to post for the mayoral role.
It was the last tag line in the mayoral law that they had to have cash on the day of the election. It happened that the day of the opening of the poll, the town’s ATM just outside the city hall/general story had a garbage truck run into it, rendering it completely unusable. Thomas was the only person who had taken money out the day before. Looking back at this misfortune one would suspect that in fact it wasn’t a misfortune it was actually a planned outage.
Thomas was a short man given to fits of rage. Everyone in town was scared of him, particularly us kids. His wife had left him some 10 or so years ago, and had disappeared. This would figure into the scandal that later brought him down as mayor and forever changed the way our town approached the world around us. But that is another story.
Thomas lived on the outside of town, owning some 100 acres. The majority of his property was devoted to the landfill and city dump which he owned and managed. He also owned the three garbage trucks and the corporation that handled all the city waste management issues.
He had been married, but again she left town some 10 years ago.
He wasn’t the most popular mayor.
Then again, he was the last of the old mayors.