I’d like to start by thanking everyone who attended the Conversation with the City Manager sessions. While I may not eat pizza for the next month or two, I enjoyed sitting down and talking with each work group. I encourage everyone to continue conversations with their peers and management to keep the momentum going. I appreciated the chance to connect with everyone in the smaller work groups and I plan to continue this format moving forward. We will be sharing the themes and thoughts we heard from all the sessions in the coming days.
Given a week has passed since the tragedy in Highland Park, I want to commend everyone for the strength and resilience I’ve witnessed in our staff and community. I have heard stories of how this event has impacted many of our staff and it is comforting to know that I am not alone in how I feel or how I am processing the horrific events. Please continue to support each other and take advantage of the resources the community and City have to offer. As a reminder, you are not alone, and we are all processing this tragic event.
As we begin the healing process, I hope you take time for yourself and check in with your loved ones and peers. Enjoy the second half of summer and get out in the sunshine as much as you can.