We talk often about what makes Scottsdale special: the beautiful preserve, the wonderful resorts golf courses, Indian Bend Wash, historic Old Town.
Less fancy but more important to our quality of life in the city is the three-part formula that is the financial foundation behind it all: low taxes (among the lowest in the state); high property values (current homeowners don’t complain about that); and outstanding city services.
The last piece of the formula gets the least attention of all. In fact, it often is taken for granted.
As we near the finish line of another contentious election cycle with one last seat to fill on city council, it’s worth noting that the mayor and council members don’t play a role in the day-to-day operations of the city. Thankfully.
That’s not their job, and frankly, they probably wouldn’t be very good at it.
They provide policy, oversight, direction and vision for the city. That’s what we hired (voted) them to do. They operate like a chair and board of directors in a private company. When they get into the weeds to micro-manage things, results rarely are good.
The service quality we enjoy is based on the hundreds of people who work for the city. The staffers and those who lead the teams.
We’ve had a chance to highlight a handful of them over the past year in our weekly podcasts available on these links.
And we’ve been amazed at the quality, dedication and passion they bring to their jobs every day.
So today, we salute them. People like:
The culture these leaders and their teams have built and the work ethic they share are why we enjoy outstanding services. And it should be noted that the city’s “CEO,” Jim Thompson, (city manager) is the leading force behind it all.
So vote for who you like for the last seat on council and pay attention to the work the council does going forward. But don’t forget about the achievements these dedicated staffers bring to the city each day. And if you get chance, tell them thanks.
Editor’s Note: Scottsdale Coalition of Today and Tomorrow — known as SCOTT — is a community organization with a mission to promote, enhance and improve Scottsdale’s quality of life. Don Henninger is on the Independent Newsmedia board of directors. The Independent welcomes all points of view. Email your opinions, pro or con, to AzOpinions@iniusa.org.