Abby Bourque, Editor-in-Chief

William Reichelt


Occupation: Mayor of West Springfield


Mayor Reichelt went to law school, got his MBA and was a lawyer for the town of Agawam for two years and a lawyer for West Springfield for a year and a half. He has also volunteered on the planning board since he was 21 years old.

What does a typical day’s work consist of?

Most days as the Mayor of West Springfield consist of meetings and events. Specifically, on Mondays, he begins his day with department head meetings, but other than that, each day is something new.

What advice would you offer someone interested in this career?

What he likes about the job is that it is an occupation where you get paid to give back to your community. He also had some advice for anyone considering this occupation in the future, “Get involved with with your community, be for something. With this job it’s best to always know what is going on with the town and stay in touch with citizens.”

What is the toughest part of the job?

Despite the Mayor’s love for the job, there are also some hardships he faces. “The toughest part of the job is that you can’t make everyone happy. It’s telling people no; not because you can’t do something, but because there will be no benefit for others in the town.”

What is the best part of the job?

“The best part about being mayor would definitely being involved in your community and giving back to people. You can help make a change for the better.” Mayor Rechielt states.