I love the
phrase “bull’s eye.” It means you have hit the center of the target. In the
world of municipal public policy, this means getting right to the nub of the
issue and coming up with just the perfect solution.
many regional groups of mayors who meet regularly. These leaders of cities and
towns love being with and learning from each other. I get to go to a lot of
these meetings, and one of my favorites is, as they call themselves, “The
Bull’s Eye Group” – mayors from the various municipalities adjacent to the
Highway 85 corridor, starting with Brighton and going north through Weld
extraordinary municipal leaders are mostly from the smaller towns, with the
exception of Mayor Tom Norton’s Greeley, and they meet pretty regularly every
few weeks to “cut to the chase” and hit the bull’s eye on the issues that
matter most to them.
night, I met with the Bull’s Eye Group: Eaton Mayor Scott Moser, representing
one of the prettiest little communities around; Kersey Mayor Bob Kellehuis, who
has worked in The Denver Post circulation department for 35 years –
maybe traveling to more towns for his work than I do for mine; the Evans mayor,
the great Lyle Achziger, whom I thank along with his city council for allowing
us to have their City Manager Aden Hogan serve as CML president this past year;
Keenesberg Mayor Danny Kipp, who likes to tell me that he represents “The home
of 500 happy people and a few soreheads”; Mayor Milt Tokinaga, who represents
Milliken, which has one of the nicest municipal complexes for a town of its
size; Platteville’s Bonnie Dunston, who is as feisty as they come and I love
her for it; and Fort Lupton Mayor Tommy Holton, who currently serves on the
Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission and we honor his service.
to my old pal of long-standing, Weld County Commissioner (and no shrinking
violet herself) Barb Kirkmeyer. She talked at length and with great eloquence
about the county’s emergency dispatch system and the challenges facing local
government in the complex world of emergency communications. She was joined
with the manager of the county’s operations, Mike Wallace, who was equally
impressive. Public safety is a core function of government, and likely one of
the most important services provided by counties and municipalities.
What a great
group of leaders. And, here is the best part – I work for them. Could anyone
ask for a better job? They are hitting the bull’s eye in their public service
on a regular basis.
How do you
hit the mark and find the “sweet spot” on a tough issue? I would like to hear