A Message from the City Manager
Greetings to all:
I would like to take this opportunity to speak about the recent incident in Minneapolis involving the death of George Floyd as a result of an encounter he had with certain Minneapolis Police Officers. Needless to say, it was a tragic situation that has affected so many people in so many ways.
Being an African-American man I can identify with the hurt and frustration felt by so many due to racism. I also can identify with being an African-American man that has seen the hope that change can bring, which is manifested in the position that I hold as the City Manager of a small southern town as appointed by an all-white City Council. This is an example of the kind of change that has to take place in order for other changes to come into play.
I have worked for the City of Mount Holly for thirty-three (33) years and have held several different positions along the way of becoming the City Manager, the highest employee position. This is important because in doing so it denotes change and progress and has allowed me the opportunity to make decisions that can ultimately affect the quality of life in the Mount Holly community, such as hiring the current Police Chief, who is sensitive to the needs of our community.
The message that I would like to convey is of leadership, accountability, relationship and unity. If these areas work together then the result will be one of growth, progress and prosperity. I’m saddened by the fact that people might not want to see the truth in working in the areas named above, as opposed to creating unnecessary chaos at the detriment of others.
Instead of being a follower of bad behavior take the lead in showing others that you are the standard for doing things the right way, after all, that’s what true leadership is all about. The recent peaceful protest in Mount Holly is an example of doing things the right way and what true leadership looks like.
In closing, it’s my hope that if one truly wants to use race as a motivator to take action, then let that action be positive and impactful. Please consider that as a person of color I am a leader in Mount Holly and would not ever support any kind of racist behavior by the Mount Holly Police Department or any city employee under my authority as the City Manager.
I pray that you hear my words and that the spirit of my words will be a positive influence to others. Please see the importance of humanity and being kind to your fellow man. Let us all come together and work towards setting the standard for unity and leadership.
May God bless us all, and let the truth set us free.