Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth announced open positions on the Board of Public Safety (BPS) at the May 21st Council meeting and asked that citizen volunteers connect with him through eMail to MayorTestruth@CityofSouthport.org if interested in serving.
Testruth’s previous appointments, Kevin Bandy and Andrew Harrison we’re told their services were no longer needed in a letter hand delivered by the mayor just before the May 2012 council meeting.
Bandy had served first as a member of the board since 2008 under former mayor Rob Thoman before being appointed in 2011 as Testruth’s Public Safety Director. Bandy’s experience included a career in public service after full-time positions with the fire department, Marion County Sheriff Department, Indianapolis Animal Care & Control, Code Enforcement, environmental protection and corporate security.
Harrison, Testruth’s second BPS appointment in 2012 also served as Security & Safety Director at Brightpoint, North America and is a subject-matter expert in local, national and international security and protection.
The BPS meets the second Saturday of each month at 10AM in the Mayor’s Office at 6901 Derbyshire Rd. This Board is a governing agency of the city specifically created to provide public safety services in Southport for residents and visitors by enforcing laws, administering regulatory programs, managing records, educating the public and managing emergencies, both directly and through interaction with other agencies.
Of course, members are expected to attend each monthly meeting prepared and ready to discuss, propose and advise on all matters of public safety for the citizens of Southport. Special meeting may be called by the mayor or by members of the PS Board should urgent matters of interest to the Board occur between meetings. Members also serve as representatives of the citizens of Southport to the Mayor and Council.
It would be helpful that have professional experience in public safety (police, fire, code enforcement, emergency services or security) but direct nor is immediate experience required. Managerial skills are also helpful but also not required. Any experience as a CEO, CFO or COO is advantageous.
Your decisions and deliberations will set the course of public safety matters in Southport and your neighborhoods. You will address constraints and resources common to all municipal department or projects but focused on fire, police, emergency management and planning.
Not only must one be capable – one must also be willing – and live in within the borders of the city. Recent incivilities in the nation, the state and yes, right here in our own small city have considerably reduced the number of capable individuals who want to step up to volunteer their time. As we rely on volunteers, we must also accept the limitations when those valued volunteers experience the inevitable conflicts with time, family and career. Ask yourself; how willing are you to volunteer your time to help your community? How willing are you to tolerate the slings, arrows and accusations – along with the occasional incivility – for $600 a month, $3 an hour or as a volunteer as you strive to assist your community?
The Ownership Conversation covered elsewhere in this blog is one that focuses on who is responsible for Southport’s future successes or failures as a healthy, thriving community. It asks, “How have I [you] contributed to creating the current reality of Southport’s decline?” I hope that we recognize that placing blame and waiting for someone else to change are defenses against ownership and personal power. Ask yourself, “Am I going to be part of the future solution or, by my inaction, allow Southport to remain mired in the problems of the past?”
Call or eMail Mayor Testruth to tell him of your concerns and interests. Tell him of you are willing to serve on the Safety Board.