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Teamwork

posted Jan 15, 2019, 4:17 PM by Kristin Snell

by Hank Weston, District IV Supervisor—Nevada County Board of Supervisors

It is hard to believe but twelve years, as your District IV Supervisor, are ending in January 2019. I have been involved in Nevada County for over 30 years now. First as a Unit Chief and the Fire Warden for Nevada County starting in ’88 and continuing in the City of Grass Valley and as an elected Director on the Fire District Board in Penn Valley, and now, as the District IV Supervisor.

It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the Fourth District but even more importantly the County as a whole. Over the course of my tenure, the decisions that are made, things that are done, the first thing that goes through my mind is, “Is this good for the whole county? Is this what we want to see in our County?” This has been my guiding light as I have wrestled with questions on any given issue, explored ways to confront challenges faced by the County, and addressed the ever-changing landscape known as public policy.  

Another point that I would like to share is that the staff in our County are outstanding. I worked for 45 years in the Fire Service and you become a family and you think, “Ok, that was the greatest career,” but then you move over and take on a whole new role. I have been so impressed by the County staff here at all levels. I mean, starting from the top with County executives and department heads, to mid-level program managers and supervisors to front-line administrative staff all the way down to the janitor - Just very, very intense dedicated and passionate people.

Recently someone asked me, “Well, what did you accomplish?”

Well, I have a list somewhere I could point to, but the truth is I did not accomplish it by myself. County staff, community partners, dedicated citizens and my colleagues who are here now and those who are no longer here – it was them. It’s not Hank Weston; we as a group and team have moved this County forward. Don’t get me wrong, not everything was perfect, but if it was, we probably don’t belong in this business, but we did what we thought was right with the information and options available to us at the time. The whole premise of my decision making has been, and is, when it comes down to a decision, “Is it the right thing to do?” Another guiding principle.

I also could not have served without the support of my beautiful wife, Kandy, of 47 years acting as my sounding board and my two daughters. They have been always there – with solid support and encouragement. In fact, my daughters would tell me, “Go for it, Dad, go for it,” and it truly has been a great, great experience and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

But there is someone else I would like to thank as well – you the public, and all of my constituents. I will never forget you. I really will never forget all of the friendships that I’ve gained and what it means to have a community like Nevada County.

In addition, to no surprise for those of you that know me personally, I have kept my sense of humor through this whole experience. That, to me, is very important. And while there are times when it gets a little heated, or pressured, it is important to keep your sense of humor – this helps bind us together and remind one another that we are not so different from each other in the end – we all want the best for our community, even if we may disagree on the approach to get there.  That is important in governing. So, thank you again, I have really enjoyed being part of this County and serving you to the best of my ability. It’s been a great ride. Thank you.

 

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