During the past several months, I have read with great interest the many Letters to the Editor concerning the various candidates running for town council and mayor of our fine town.
Each letter has presented issues and arguments for or against the individuals running for office. Each concerned citizen has valid reasons for their support or nonsupport of the individuals.
I am involved with several organizations in our town and have become familiar with many of these individuals through these organizations. As a result, I am writing this letter to discuss an aspect of working with Su Connell. During the past three years, I have volunteered my time with the Rim Country Literacy as a grant writer, office assistant, teaching assistant in family literacy and as a story teller. During these years, I have been involved in budget planning, course planning, and overall administration of several events. Su Connell is an excellent planner, director of activities and long-term goal setter.
When we do the annual budget, an overall plan is put into place, feasibility of programs are discussed, analysis of what works and what does not work is brought forward, and overall program development is established. Each person is charged with the responsibility to develop a plan, put it into action, and to report back to Su on how the project is progressing. Su is a valuable resource for each of the volunteers and constant leader who keeps the Literacy program on target. Su listens to viewpoints of volunteer staff member and praises for a job well done.
Taking these skills and moving them to the city council, we can expect a strong council woman who understands how to work with people, how to lead others in accomplishing their goals, a leader who understands the need for long range planning, short-term and long-term goals, and who cerebrates accomplishments of staff on completion of projects. Because Su is also very fiscally sound with the literacy budget, we can expect those same skills to move to the town. I like the idea of a council member who has proved that she is ready to represent myself and the rest of the population of Payson to make our city the best little city in Arizona.
Alice Natale, Payson