As in the past, my campaign for re-election to the superintendent of highways position in the town of Canton will be quiet.
The Canton voters know their candidates or study them to determine where they want to place their support according to qualifications. The superintendents position is not so much political as it is about experience and devotion to the community.
Many of you know I started public service by enlistment in the Marine Corps. Upon completion of my duty, I entered civilian law enforcement, again working for the people.
These years provided the experience to deal with all members of the community fairly and develop the self-discipline to conduct everyday life. I continued to serve in the Canton Fire Department for 10 years and support my local church.
In 1993, my Town Board came to me requesting I lead the Canton Highway Department. And after serious consideration, I committed.
Much thought should be given to this position as it is laced with liabilities. From the moment you take the oath of office, any decision you make you are liable for in some form.
And you personally can suffer a lawsuit should the decision be wrong. Should you step outside of your highway budget, you can be held personally responsible for the monies expended.
The complexity of the office is tremendous. As the leader during the ice storm, I discovered the storm was the easy part. It was the paperwork and dealing with FEMA and SEMA afterword coordinating the cleanup and recovery.
A personal policy I live with, and am proud of it, is that as a supervisor you must surround yourself with the very best people. Your life will be easy; that is why I say the Canton highway crew is one of the finest in the region.
In closing, the candidate for this office should not view it for its benefits package but for serving the people and community. Now as in the past, my salary will remain the same and without the benefits package, passing the savings back to the people and to highway repairs. Again, thank you for the many years of support, and I hope to continue to serve another term.
Terry L. Billings