Clayton will miss Steve Biggs
The Town of Clayton is losing one of its most important citizens and employees. Steve Biggs, our town manager for the past 19 years, is moving on to another challenge in his life.
As an elected official and volunteer, I have had the opportunity to know and work with Steve for most of his time with us. During that time, I have seen the well-being of Clayton improve under his leadership.
First and foremost, Steve developed a first-class staff to lead the town’s operations in an efficient, cost-effective manner with service always in mind. There were some real challenges, making some sensitive changes in personnel without major media attention.
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Steve brought financial stewardship to the town. He turned the financial situation from one of a threat by the Local Government Commission to take over to that agency’s approval in a few years for a multimillion-dollar project for The Clayton Center. His fiscal control has given elected officials sufficient confidence such that they require minimum oversight. He has always met the budget.
Steve has led a number of capital projects to successful completion: The Clayton Center, Fire Station No. 1, sewage-treatment plant capacity upgrades, parks and greenways, the Clayton Community Center and the police station. He has promoted all of these to meet the needs as Clayton has grown over the years and for the future. He has the insight to see in advance what major projects are needed to meet future growth.
Over the years that I have served Clayton, I have met and worked with a number of town managers from municipalities similar to Clayton. None of them are better at the job than Steve. He makes the job of elected officials easy. It has been my pleasure working with and knowing Steve.
Steve will be missed. Best wishes to him and his family as they move on to the next adventure in the mountains of Virginia.
The writer is a former Clayton Town Council member.
Life lessons from Stubby
I am a long-time Glen Laurel resident. Recently, our community lost one of its most respected citizens. He was a lovely gentleman named Stubby. Stubby was a black and white springer spaniel who passed away at the age of 14.
Stubby was an ambassador for our community. From his corner lot post at the home of his lovely owners, the Burleson family, he watched over all of us. He was there each day welcoming visitors from the community and greeting everyone with joy and love.
As I run by Stubby’s empty post these days after his passing, observing the memorials left by saddened friends, I have reflected upon his revered place in our lives.
I think we all could learn from this wise, old dog. He loved everyone unconditionally. Stubby didn’t care how much money you made, what you looked like, which bathroom you preferred, or who your friends were. He loved us all and treated us all the same.
Funny, sometimes life’s greatest lessons come from those who can speak only with their actions.