To the editor:
The word leadership is used loosely in our community and usually as a tool in an argument for or against any issue. But.true leadership is what occurred during storm Isaac recently.
As a CERT member (Citizens Emergency Response Team) for many years I chose to participate during emergency events whenever or wherever they would occur and have witnessed time and again how our leadership in our city truly works quietly and efficiently. It starts with our city manager, our department directors, our fire and police departments and all of our employees who work as one unit. It is accompanied by our business community, our educational companions and every entity in our city. This time was no different. Meetings were held, information shared, assignments given out, suggestions given on all levels, and the machine functioned, as it always has, swiftly, quietly.
Isaac decided to go elsewhere. We are grateful but hope others will not suffer.
As always, there is one leader in every event who works all year keeping abreast of what to do, how to do it, and carry it forward. This community has been blessed for many years to have our Fire Chief, William (Bill) Van Helden who along with all of his staff and the staff of the entire city, stays focused, stays calm and delivers the message, makes it work.
My fervent wish is that everyone in our city could focus on how well our city is run, but needs the support of everyone to continue to move forward. Leadership is a gift. We need only to recognize it before we lose it.