EDITORIAL: Open recruitment

By NEMS Daily Journal

One of the best-kept secrets in most American cities and towns is the volume and quality of work undertaken and brought to completion at the direction of committees comprised of volunteers – citizens serving without remuneration for important tasks, issues and agencies like public school governance, thoroughfare planning, citywide planning, and a host of other committees, authorities and task forces.
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr., marking the mid-point of the current four-year term, issued a statement this week urging Tupeloans interested in volunteer service as a member of one of the city’s 16 committees, commissions, authorities and task forces.
The positions aren’t honorific. They all are functioning and work-focused. Consider the Tupelo School Board, the Major Thoroughfare Committee and the Tupelo Airport Authority. All oversee multi-million-dollar budgets that are critical to the city’s quality of life and its economy.
“While I am continually talking with citizens all over town about serving I want to take this opportunity to invite any citizen to let me know of his or her interest in serving on any – or one particular committee. Just remember one must have both the desire and the time to serve,” Reed said in the statement.
The city volunteer bodies are:
* Planning Committee
* Major Thoroughfare Committee
* Traffic Committee
* Drainage Task Force
* Tupelo Airport Authority
* Coliseum Commission
* Quality of Life Committee
* License Commission
* Oren Dunn Museum Committee
* Northeast Mississippi Regional Water Supply District
* Parks amp& Recreation Board
* Tupelo Housing Authority
* Tupelo School Board
* Mayor’s Task Force on Education
* Mayor’s Task Force on Healthiest City
* Mayor’s Task Force on Neighborhoods
Letters from prospective nominees should be sent to:
* Mayor Jack Reed, Jr., City Hall, P.O. Box 1485, Tupelo, MS 38802
Informed volunteers willing to work with community peers for the common good are one of the primary assets driving Tupelo’s success and growth through the years.
Reed’s transparency in inviting volunteer inquiries helps assure continuing civic willingness to address problems and opportunities as non-partisan participants, with compromise and consensus a frequent product when members disagree about recommendations.