In recent issues of The Tribune, I read two articles that inspired me to write. The first was written by former District 4 Supervisor Caren Ray, who spoke about her passion for public service and encouraged others to also consider public service. The second article, written by Cynthia Lambert, summarized qualities Arroyo Grande residents want to see in their new city manager.
In Ray’s article, she acknowledged the unfortunate negativity that is associated with being an elected official, but she expressed that, for her, it was well worth it because of all the good she could do and all the people she could help.
In Lambert’s article, she shared that Arroyo Grande residents want a city manager who will be involved in the community, is accessible, has integrity, is budget conscious and has experience. In short, they described the city’s past manager, Steve Adams, who was recently, viciously pushed out of office.
Both Ray and Adams were dedicated public servants who loved their jobs, their communities and the people they worked with. Ray wrote that most citizens don’t know the lengths public servants go to for the well-being of their constituents. I know this to be true.
Thank you, Caren Ray and Steve Adams.