Thanksgiving 2020November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020
WOW, what a difference a year makes!
Why do I say that now, you ask? I started in my position as Town Superintendent of Fayetteville on Friday, November 15, 2019. I do not imagine I could have scripted a more hectic year than what I just experienced. However, I know that everything will work out for the best and that everything happens for a reason. It has been such a joy to be able to make a difference in the Town that I grew up in and love. I have always had a passion for working with people and this position has allowed me to do that daily.
I am so thankful for my position and the time that it has provided me with my family. In my previous position, more and more was being asked of me and that was leading to less time with my family. Expectations were to work 50 hours a week; however, I was working closer to 60-70 hours which I would say, “I was stealing 10-20 hours a week from my family.” And I am sure we can all agree that stealing anything from your family is not a good thing. I am so thankful that I made the transition when I did. This time that I now have with my family can never be regained.
As for my first year, from a learning standpoint, I feel that I was able to progress quite nicely. I have learned so much in a year’s time and continue to learn every day. There is still so much that I must pick up on and unique situations that I am sure I can learn from. In a way, this year provided the greatest opportunity for me to adjust to my new role. Things that normally would fly by seemed to slow down and because of that I was able to take more time to get a better grasp on learning them. The one thing that I have learned is that things do not always happen as quickly I was would prefer them to and COVID has made this process even slower.
With the virus now spiking for a 3rd, 4th, or 5th time, I ask that everyone continue to do their part to control the spread. I know everyone is getting fed up with masks and mandates, but we are not through with this yet. Until a vaccine is proven and readily available, we must remain cautious and do our part.
With Thanksgiving here, I hope that everyone can enjoy their families but do so in a responsible way. Christmas is just around the corner and we are trying to bring some normalcy back into our lives the best that we can. There are still things that we cannot do due to the virus, but we are trying to bring as much joy and happiness as possible to everyone.
The team that I get the opportunity to work with is just amazing. Each and every one of them knows their job and what is expected of them. They are all true professionals. I would also like to thank our great Police and Fire Departments for an outstanding job.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!