|10/26/2013 6:03:00 AM|
Editorial: Area lost 2 devoted public servants
Prescott and Prescott Valley each lost one of their extraordinary citizens this past week - the kind of citizens who stand up to the challenge and serve their communities in commendable ways.
Former Prescott Valley Councilwoman Fran Schumacher died on Wednesday, Oct. 23, and on Monday, Oct. 21, Prescott lost John Hanna Sr., a former Prescott police officer, city councilman and formidable candidate for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. Both were soldiers to the end and too young to have left this earth.
Except for a short time in Texas, Hanna, a graduate of Prescott High School, spent most of his life in Prescott, and became a familiar and popular figure in the community. He served on the Prescott Police Department for 10 years, and was voted Officer of the Year by his peers in 1996. He was on the force until an accident on his police motorcycle forced his retirement in 1999.
But, that didn't mean he would abandon his commitment to public service.
Hanna was elected to the Prescott City Council in 2009 and served until 2012, and then he went on to run for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors in the 2012 elections, and narrowly lost to former Prescott Mayor Rowle Simmons.
As one reader, in particular, commented on dCourier.com, "John's death is a huge loss to the area. He personified the meaning of leadership, not for the power as many do, but because he truly believed in giving back to one's community. He is a model of what a public servant should be ..."
Schumacher was a member of the Prescott Valley Town Council from 1999 to 2011 and left a lasting footprint on her community.
She first served on the Logo Committee, which chose the pronghorn logo for the town. She also was a member of the General Plan Committee, which developed the blueprint for Prescott Valley in 1994, and she was on the Planning and Zoning Commission in 1996.
Her commitment to her fellow citizens extended well beyond the role she played in government. She was active with and took leadership roles with the Boys and Girls Club, the Council of Electors of Yavapai Regional Medical Center and the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Both Hanna and Schumacher have left indelible legacies on their communities. We appreciate them for what they did for so many of us.
May they rest in peace.
Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
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These two individuals are truly going to be missed.
There is a stark difference between these two and some of the regular contributors who anonymously write into these posts.
While all are entitled to their opinions, these two (and many more) did more than write.
They gave tremendous efforts to attempt to improve their communities. Whether one always agreed with them or not, they endeavored, in positive rather than negative ways, to make our area better.
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