Leadership is the most important element in community success. No community — or nation for that matter — can be successful without good leadership.
For all the grousing we do here in Jackson County, historically speaking we’ve had some pretty good leadership over the past 50 years. Much of Jackson County’s success today stems from leadership decisions made decades ago by men and women who are no longer alive.
Of course, we’ve had a few knuckleheads along the way in our public offices. While most people run for public positions do so with good intentions, there are some who attempted to enrich themselves at the expense of the community, or who wanted to use a local office as nothing more than a springboard for higher office. Ego and greed exist everywhere.
Still, Jackson County has for the most part had leaders who focused on the greater good of the county over personal ambition. Some of that is due to decades of leadership from the county’s business and civic organizations whose presence and pressure kept elected leaders from running off the rails. Many of those men and women never held office, but in the background were critical in helping elected leaders make good decisions.
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