Branson, MO Mayor Edd Akers was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains. In the seven decades since, he’s been the chairman of Skaggs Community Hospital, President of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and chairman for the Taney County Board of Adjustment, to name a few. This servant leader shares why he became mayor at age 77.
Why he wanted to become mayor: “I’ve grown up here, and I love this community. There was a lot of discord in the community. I was being approached by people who were frustrated with some roads we’d gone down in the past. I don’t know everything, but I do know some ways to reduce our debt and seek income so that we can have a viable, vibrant community in the future.”
His vision for the role: “I would like to bring good communication within our community. I would hope to bring people to a point where they’re recognizing that you have to look ahead, you have to have vision. You can’t always look at the snake closest to your foot; there are more down the road.”
First thing he put in his mayoral office: “My wife would tell you I’m a pack rat, but I’ve brought in some things that I thought would be helpful. I’ve collected for years comments, idioms, sayings, and I have a drawer that has information in it about being inspired, about looking beyond. It’s my place to go to think and exercise my brain muscles.”
Where he finds inspiration: “I’m a man of faith. I quite often pray over direction and figure out a path. I also recognize that there are people who are wiser than I am. I grew up in Silver Dollar City and know the Herschend boys. I was in the Shepherd of the Hills play. My roots, my whole being, are tied to this community. So I find my focus for the future from all I’ve seen of the past. And if you plan ahead, if you do things well, good things happen.”