My father's family has been in this area for over 200 years; in fact, my great-great-great grandfather's brother, Forrest Hancock, is mentioned in the Lewis and Clark journals. My mother was the daughter of German immigrants. I was born the youngest of seven children on a small farm in St. Charles County. With that many mouths to feed, money was always tight. But, my parents managed to provide for us and if we were poor, we didn't know it. I lost my father when I was 18, and my mother has been gone for over 15 years now. I miss them both, and wish they were here to enjoy my grandchildren, Myles and Aurora.
My parents instilled in their children a strong desire to become educated. I think that's because they didn't have the opportunity to do it themselves. My mother had to quit school after the sixth grade to provide additional money for her family. My father was the first in his family to graduate from high school. Mom and Pop would be proud to know that five of their children have Master's degrees; mine is in Business Administration.
I started my business career in the telecommunications industry as a telephone operator, went to school at night, and worked hard to get my bachelor's and master's degrees.For many of those years I was a single parent, and cared for my physically and mentally challenged child, Whitney. When I retired 27 years later, I was the Regional Manager for Community Economic Development. It's a long title, but basically I worked with communities all across the Midwest, helping them in their efforts to attract and retain good jobs. I also represented my company's charitable foundation, and gave millions of dollars to deserving organizations. Today, I'm a Site Director for Jones Lang LaSalle, a property management company.
I feel truly blessed during my career to have had the opportunity to meet and help some of the people who work hard every day to help those who are less fortunate than I am. Knowing those people, and the people who helped me along the way with Whitney, are what led me to start the annual Fenton Mayor's Charity Ball. For the last eight years we've been able to bring our community together and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for area charities.
My wife Christine and I have been married for 15 years now. In addition to Whitney, we have two other daughters, Carrie and Hollie. And our grandchildren, Myles and Aurora. And our new puppy, Bailey.
I'm very proud of what my administration has accomplished over the last ten years, and I look forward to continuing to serve as your Mayor.
Mayor Hancock at a Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon
Mayor Hancock and Sean King (right) present a check to the St. Vincent DePaul Society on behalf of the Fenton Community Charitable Association
Mayor Hancock, Christine, and Myles at the Founders Day Parade