When we take on any challenge, the first thing we must identify is the purpose behind the work we’re about to undertake. What is the end result we hope to achieve? How will our efforts affect the lives of others and contribute to the greater good? Then, what must be done to accomplish this goal?
Many years ago I made a decision that I wanted to better the lives of others. On the surface, this is a simple goal. However, over the years I have learned that it is this purpose-driven view that has pushed me to continue to work hard each day for the people who live and work alongside me, right here in Jones County.
As I look toward the future I realize there is yet much to be done. For this campaign I have chosen the slogan “Serving with Purpose” to serve as a constant reminder of that simple decision made so long ago. However, in order to serve the people of District 5 to the best of my ability, I have found that there are some principles that must be in place before great change can be achieved. These principles help to guide my efforts each day.
The 3 Principles of Effective Service
In my many years in public office I have found 3 steadfast principles that determine the success or failure of any endeavor.
First, there must be a specific, measurable goal in place. In order to motivate others and to do the work necessary to achieve change our goal must be clear to all of those working towards its success.
Each morning I meet with the county employees at the District 5 office and we discuss the specific goals of the day. From timely trash and debris pick up, to right-of-way, curb, gutter, sidewalk, ditch and alley maintenance to pothole and road repair – each goal must be specifically identified so that we can all ensure that the desired outcome is achieved. Larger goals such as community center maintenance and new developments are segmented into smaller, actionable goals in order to see larger projects completed effectively and without delay.
By creating specific, measurable goals, we have found that we are able to serve the people of Jones County effectively and with excellence.
Secondly, hard work is a cornerstone of effective service. Without hard work, even the smallest of goals may become impossible. By focusing each day on the work necessary to achieve success, we have been able to accomplish much.
Every week I mentor challenged middle school boys and work with them to develop good character, gentleman-like qualities and academic success. They learn that through hard work and intense focus on a specific goal, they can accomplish so much. My experience with this program tells me that through hard work even the most difficult management cases can be put on the right course.
In another instance, I saw the results of hard work first-hand with the development of the District 5 Resource Center. This resource center helps the people of District 5 address various issues in their lives and to find ways to achieve their own goals.
Finally, any worthy cause needs a strong, dedicated leader. Without effective leadership, a project will veer off-course and a team will lack the motivation necessary to achieve success.
In every facet of my life I strive to be not only an effective leader, but an inspiring one. My goal is not only to lead, but to inspire others to lead so that, together, we can accomplish much more than we can alone.
Whether I am serving in the leadership at the St. Paul United Methodist Church or within any number of local organizations it is always my goal to inspire those who will come after me to become effective leaders so that we can all see the continued results of our efforts for many years to come.
In the past I have served as the president of the Jones County Board of Supervisors, I fought for the people of Laurel-Jones County as President of the NAACP, was a board member of the Directors of Jones County Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect, served as chairman for the United Way, served on the board of the Red Cross and was past president of the Family Health Center. These experiences and more have taught me the true value and responsibility of leadership and have helped me to develop methods of motivating and teaching others to become effective leaders.
Under my leadership, the county barn at 126 Central Avenue has been upgraded to fit in with Downtown Laurel improvements and a new mosquito abatement program has been put into place for rural areas in the district.
It is my firm believe that I can continue to “Serve with Purpose” by employing these three principles of identifying specific, measurable goals, working hard toward their success and serving as an effective leader. I hope to continue to inspire and motivate the people of Jones County District 5 to stand alongside me as we continue to address the challenges of the future.
If you would like to join me in this endeavor, please take a moment to Ask A Question. I am grateful for your continued support and prayers.