Whenever public servants are mentioned in the media, it usually involves criticism of their job performance or the revelation of some sort of character flaw. This is even more the case in the blogosphere. But, when we see our public leaders doing the right thing, this too must be recognized.
Raleigh's Chief of Police has been caught doing the right thing. On my way home on Monday, December 22nd I ran up on a disabled vehicle on one of the Oak City's busier boulevards, Wade Avenue. Traffic had begun to slow to a crawl. As I inched closer, I noticed a police cruiser was on the scene.
I next spotted an officer returning to his car with a battery charger in hand. For just a moment, my brain tried to comprehend why this officer had four stars on each of his shoulders. I suddenly realized what I was watching. Harry Dolan, Raleigh's Chief of Police was out in the cold rendering assistance to a stranded motorist.
This man is the leader of nearly 800 police officers in a major city and yet he finds that it is just easier to step in and solve the problem at hand his self. No need for a tow truck, no need to call another officer. Problem observed, problem dealt with.
Be careful, Chief Dolan. That kind of rational thought could get a public employee into trouble someday. But, while you're at it, thank you. You are the type of public servant we need all over the state.