As I walk neighborhoods and attend open houses, I keep referring to “Service Above Self” – but what does this really mean?

In 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf wrote an essay on servant leadership where he said: “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” This is spot on.

The desire to serve FIRST is at the heart of Service Above Self and manifests itself in wanting to help others. As Mayor, it’s about identifying and meeting the needs of residents, employees, businesses and colleagues. Service – and the hard work of caring for community and others, has no room for political ambition. I’ve never served in a position for the purposes of advancing to another position. Or to win political points or settle political scores. I believe once you’ve been entrusted to do a specific job, you should do your best to do that job – not campaign or otherwise politically position yourself for the next.

Good service puts real results ahead of partisan political gain. The snow doesn’t ask if you’re a Republican or a Democrat when it falls. The floodwater doesn’t check to see which PAC funded your elected officials when it rises.

Service Above Self finds joy in helping others grow and succeed and in empowering individuals. It recognizes the shared goal of creating value for the community and works to be sure all are treated equitably under the law.

I’ve enjoyed my service to our Village and I’m asking you again to trust me to continue to serve our community.