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Sunday, June 16, 2013
I recently retired from the Roanoke Department of Social Services. My late husband was retired from the city fire department, and I have a son employed as a firefighter for the city. Roanoke has been a good employer to our family.
However, I must say it is disappointing to see that some members of Roanoke City Council feel they deserve so much more than the employees who are out there working daily to provide services to residents.
Employees went several years without an increase at all due to the city’s financial situation. The people I know did not let this affect their performance. They still gave 100 percent plus to provide the services required by their jobs. Some with reduced resources.
Police and fire department employees put their lives on the line every day they work. They sacrifice time with families and most have to work a second job. They chose their profession because they care and want to make a difference.
Teachers use their own money to purchase things for their classrooms because they know budgets are tight, but they care about their students.
My husband, Billy, served on Vinton Town Council for 15 years, and he did it because he cared about the community he lived in and wanted to help make it better.
Money was never the reason he served his community. He felt it was an honor the residents trusted him enough to vote him into this office.
He worked a full-time job for most of the years he served, and sometimes a second job.
He either took vacation from his full-time job or time off without pay from his part-time job to attend events and meetings for council. It was never about the money.
When you run for public office, you know or should know what is expected of you, and you certainly know what it pays. This should not be an issue now.
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