Public servant

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2002

It's a great compliment to our community that we have so many qualified candidates running for public office this fall. Among those seeking your vote is a man whom I've known for almost 30 years and have seen in numerous roles that have served our citizens. Merrill Sanford returned to Juneau after service in the U.S. Marine Corps and became a volunteer firefighter, rising through the volunteer ranks to eventually serve as fire chief in both the Auke Bay and Douglas departments. At the same time he continued his military service in the Alaska Army National Guard Reserves and became a career firefighter for the CBJ. When Merrill retired from the fire service he was the chief officer of the Glacier Fire Department. The immense gathering of fire service personnel, community leaders and friends at his retirement was a testimony to his service, leadership and vision.

When things were tough on the fire grounds, when special teams returned from difficult assignments or when problems arose, Merrill was there with a supportive word, a "job well done" and/or sound advice. He has carried this management style over to his work with the Planning Commission and continues to be an individual who listens, evaluates and follows through. He has exemplified the philosophy of public service and deserves your vote on Tuesday.

George Reifenstein Jr.


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