I was sorry to read that D Searcy would not seek another term as chair of the Clintonville Area Commission (CAC). Her reasoned, thoughtful leadership was all too rare in these times and will certainly be missed. I am just glad that she continues as a commission member.

To the editor:

I was sorry to read that D Searcy would not seek another term as chair of the Clintonville Area Commission (CAC). Her reasoned, thoughtful leadership was all too rare in these times and will certainly be missed. I am just glad that she continues as a commission member.

Chairing the CAC is time-consuming when done with her level of commitment, and D wants time now to focus on improvements to the northern High Street corridor. I know she will bring effective leadership to that challenge.

As chair, D Searcy was passionate about the details of issues and got her hands dirty in development of the Clintonville Plan, procurement of Urban Infrastructure Recovery Funds and other measures that now leave us safer cross-walks, more commerce, and the aesthetic environment we value.

D also built cooperation within the commission and the community, to bring those plans to fruition. This was typified by her appointment of opponents as committee chairs and liaisons (a practice that, sadly, has been jettisoned by the commission's new ruling caucus). Her efforts sometimes made D unpopular, because she did not succumb to noisy parochial interests.

She passed the true test of leadership - persistently advancing the good of the whole community, friend and opponent alike.

We are fortunate that D remains on the commission, bringing a rational voice to the often divisive dialogue. I invite my neighbors to join me in supporting her vision of consensus-based, forward-looking action for the greater good of the whole Clintonville area.