Civility in Governance

"Let me never make the vulgar mistake of dreaming I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."  

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


One does not have a 4-decade career in hospitality without learning how to be hospitable.  Gathering around a table is what the whole restaurant industry is about.

Kurt Friese has and will continue improve civility between the Board of Supervisors, other governmental agencies, and even itself. His professional manner with the public and with coworkers will smooth communication and understanding.  Friese knows that almost all problems are communication problems.

Kurt Friese believes there is no room for incivility in governance. When citizens express a point of view that some government official disagrees with, that does not decrease that constituent's right or need to be heard.  Likewise though, it is important to understand that listening and agreeing are not the same thing.

Friese knows that elected officials need to treat citizens, government employees and fellow elected officials with respect and calmly hear their criticism and welcome their ideas in discussion about issues.  We can disagree without being disagreeable.