Wishing upon 2013

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM.

Hanlon, who will become Supervisor of Elections next month, and Burke, who on the same day will become Property Appraiser, have large shoes to fill.

Linda Griffin, retiring as Supervisor of Elections, and Kesley Colbert, stepping into retirement after nearly three decades as Property Appraiser, defined the characteristics we’d all want in a public servant.

They watched their taxpayer pennies, were unfailingly polite and gracious to their constituents – when Griffin said “her voters” she meant it in every positive connotation of the word – and served this county through some difficult times.

Griffin in the aftermath of the 2000 election debacle in Florida and all the changes that brought and Colbert through the worst swing in property values in the history of the county.

To paraphrase Kipling, they seemed to maintain their heads when all about them were losing theirs.

Hanlon and Burke can aspire to duplicate those skills and that would be enough.

Finally, a wish to all our readers – may your 2013 be filled with hopes and dreams that are realized; our hope is we see you same time next year.

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