Gary Behler Follows Through

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How encouraging it is to see a politician run for office and announce specific improvements they want to make as for their reason for running.  What's even more encouraging is to see them immediately move to fulfill that commitment.  Gary Behler as Juvenile Court clerk has done exactly that.  In fact, he has implemented a system that will probably be used as a model for maintaining Juvenile Court and Child Support records across Tennessee.

Gary Behler is an example of what can be accomplished when we elect leaders with ability, dedication and integrity to serve.  Yet he wasn't even mentioned by name in a recent editorial for his accomplishment.  The implication was that it is a disgrace that it has taken so long to correct the problem.  We must remember that he did it in his first term in office.  He followed years of a politically dominated office that claimed it operated as a "well oiled machine," yet had records stored in boxes to the ceilings in buildings across town and didn't even have e mail. 

Gary brought the department into the 21st Century in his very first term, yet the editorial didn't even mention his name.  Too many times only the failures make the news.  It is refreshing what Gary Behler has done, and like the song says "we sure could use a little good news tonight."

Bobby Wood
Harrison

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