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Municipalities Matter: Bull’s Eye!

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Bull's Eye!

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. 

Colorado has 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 County.  

These 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.  

The other 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. 

They listened 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 from you!