My time serving on the Brown County Board is coming to close, and I just wanted to say “thank you” to the people of District 19 for electing me twice to be your representative. It has been an incredible honor to serve as a County Supervisor, and before that as an Alderperson for District 2 in De Pere.
My favorite part of both these jobs has been the interaction with all of you in the community, when I had the chance to listen to your ideas, questions, and needs. Whether it was in person, by phone, or through electronic message, I have always been glad to hear from you. You’ve taught me many things, made me aware of what’s happening in our community, and cemented my belief that we function best when everyone is involved and has a voice in our government. I’ve always felt privileged to represent the views of my constituents and to be a voice for many in our community who are struggling.
For example, when the County Board voted to increase funding for mental health services last fall, I was a glad and vocal supporter of that effort. And I’ve been lucky to still be on the Board and Human Services Committee this winter and early spring, when we gave the final approval to spend some of those funds to support a mobile crisis team, a day report center, and the provision of detox services. These are vital services that will make a practical and positive difference throughout our community, including for the people of the 19th district. I hope you will continue to follow this issue, to make sure the money is spent wisely, and to support even more efforts to address this important community need.
I also want to thank the staff members of Brown County and De Pere. Government workers have gotten a bad rap in recent years, and from my experience, I think that is undeserved. The vast majority of them do their jobs well and see it as a service to the community. I have been grateful for the support and information they’ve shared with me so I can do my job. So, if you get a chance, hug a public sector worker… or at least tell them “thanks” for the work they do!
Finally, I want to wish the new District 19 Supervisor, Jim Kneiszel, well in his duties. He’s already served as a De Pere alderperson, and I know he’ll use his experience, insight, commitment and hard work to do right by his constituents and the people of Brown County.
Take care, everyone, and I hope our paths cross again. Please know that you’ve left a deep and positive mark on my life, and for that I will always be grateful.