As I near the end of my first year as Mayor of Richfield, I'm thinking of all the things I have learned.
One thing that I keep seeing over and over is men and women who work for the City that go the extra mile. They work on projects in the evening and on weekends. They go well beyond their job descriptions to meet the needs of residents, and they do it with a smile on their faces.
I wasn't surprised about our Police and Fire Departments. I knew they were exceptionally good. But I had no idea how dedicated our other city employees were. I spent my working life in the private sector and falsely assumed that working with passion and doing whatever it takes to have success were ideals somehow reserved for that realm of employment. I was wrong.
Some of us at Richfield City wear shirts with the logo "Making Life Better." Our city vehicles sport that logo as well. The truth is that our city employees are doing their best to fulfill that pledge.
I am still learning and I’m loving the opportunity to serve. I enjoy going to the city office each day and working with some of those great people. I'm trying to learn how I can best help to get things done. Sometimes, I’ve learned, it’s best for me to move over and get out of the way! I appreciate the support, the respect and the patience our employees have shown me as I’ve joined the team to help Make Life Better in Richfield.
Mayor David Ogden