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LETTER: Leadership in the town of Manlius

To the editor:

To be a leader in government today is extremely demanding, challenging, frustrating and difficult - especially at the local level - because much of what a local leader has to deal with is dictated by the state and federal levels of government.

A leader is defined as “one who leads.” Integrity is defined as “uprightness of character; probity; honesty.” Intelligence is defined as “the capacity to meet situations, especially new and unforeseen.” Experience is defined as “knowledge derived from one’s own action.”

Supervisor Ed Theobald has exhibited those qualities for the last 30 years I’ve known him as a business owner, where he specializes in insurance and as a financial advisor, as a participant in the community in various capacities and holding leadership positions in such organizations such as MKAA (now ESM Youth Sports) and St. Mary’s Church, as well as serving as a trustee on the village of Minoa board.

As the town supervisor Mr. Theobald has lead the town through a very difficult period of time in local government, keeping the town fiscally strong while continuing to provide the services residents have come to expect. He has worked hand-in-hand with the villages in sharing services and holding meetings with the mayors to discuss ways on how we can further work together to be more efficient. We may not always agree, but the environment we now have with the town board under Mr. Theobald’s leadership benefits everyone town-wide. Supervisor Theobald has also been involved state wide with the Association of Towns where he was recently promoted to their executive committee, a committee that advocates for town government and their taxpayers before the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.

In my opinion, supervisor Ed Theobald has demonstrated that he is a leader and has earned the opportunity to lead the town of Manlius for the next two years.

RICHARD J. DONOVAN

MAYOR, VILLAGE OF MINOA

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