A simple thank you.
I have had the privilege to live in multiple communities. I have worked as a member of a large Upstate municipality and I have worked closely with leadership on all levels.
I have come to know that there are many types of leaders and leadership styles. Some leaders and their models of leadership are benevolent and embrace the true spirit of servant leadership. Other leaders are self-serving and operate under the façade of being a voice for the people.
When I was appointed to serve in the Clinton community, it was necessary for me to become familiar with as many of the local leadership as possible. I have found a conclave of community leaders that are dedicated to the betterment of all that call Clinton home.
But I have also witnessed a flock of frauds that will do anything to push their personal agendas. It was always refreshing to witness a member of senior leadership within the community truly serve with a passion and a purpose. Some people have positions only for the title and the benefits that are attached.
But those who serve regardless of the position often do things that others may never know about. Because many people will never know about the countless unselfish moments given to the community by this leader, I would like to take a moment to say, “Thank you.”
This sentiment of gratitude goes to Mr. Frank Stovall. Many of the efforts and actions of Frank were not the norm for a city manager. City managers do not always show up in the middle of the night when there has been a shooting at a neighborhood park. City managers do not always go in the middle of the night and take pictures of a rogue snake that caused a city blackout. City managers do not always show up when there is a fire or disturbance at a residence.
Not every city manager has the professional etiquette to thank their staff for a job well done. The City of Clinton is going to lose a great leader next month. Frank is a visionary, but still has his eyes on the common man. Frank knows he has a voice, but is never afraid to lend his voice to those that feel they are never heard.
I have had the honor of serving on a board with his lovely wife, and I can truly say that they form a much respected power couple. I pray God’s blessings upon Frank and his family. I know that his new community is gaining a leader whose gifts and qualities cannot truly be captured on a resume, on an application, or during an interview. Just wait until they see him in action.
They will be amazed just as I was to see this tall Lincoln-esque figure serving beyond his job description. Thank you. And may you be as much of a blessing to your new community as you have been to Clinton. May God continue to keep and cover you and your family.
(Rev. Steven L. Evans is a pastor and lives in Clinton.)