Making a Difference
A blog by Sam Mamet, CML executive director
I am new at this blog business, so give me a little slack on this inaugural run.
I am told that a blog is short for "web log" ... a journal of ideas, thoughts, and overall views of the world, I guess.
This will be a blog about people I work with who make a difference.
I work for a lot of men and women who work for the cities and towns all across the great state of Colorado. We have more than 1,300 people serving as municipal elected officials: councilmembers, town trustees, mayors. (We even have one city where the mayor is called “police judge.” That’s another story for another blog.) I also work with hired staff: city managers, town clerks, police chiefs, town marshals, street superintendents, planners, budget directors, firefighters, and so many more.
These people are public servants. And public service is the highest calling, especially at the local government level. Our elected municipal officials lead by example. Most serve with little or no compensation. The municipal officials I work with lead by example; they don’t follow. They meet some Tuesday or whatever night in some public building somewhere in this state as a city council, town board, or in one case, a board of alderman, and they do one thing and one thing only … they meet to solve problems.
Solving problems might be easier in Colorado, where state law requires that municipal offices be nonpartisan. I used to have a mayor tell me, “Sam, we don’t fix Republican potholes, and we don’t fix Democrat potholes.We just fix potholes.” I have never forgotten that.
Municipal officials just want their communities to be the best places in which to live, work, and play - whether that place is the Mile High City, Denver, or some of our smallest towns on the Eastern Plains.
Pretty cool, I think.
I am going to wrap this one up with a phrase I recently saw: “To the world, you might be one person; but, to one person, you might be the world.” I think the people I work with are seen by many of their constituents as the world. That is, the folks who can really make things happen … community leaders.
That is what making a municipal difference is all about in Colorado. You make the impossible possible.
What do you think?