Bike ride highlights local government


Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
People set out on long bike rides for lots of different charities and causes, but William Whitson may be the first to do it to call attention to the importance of local government bureaucrats.
Whitson, president of the Florida City and County Management Association, cruised through western Alachua County Saturday on his way from Pensacola to Key West as part of an effort to call attention to the dedication of those in public service.
"This is an illustration of the hard work and commitment that it takes to serve the people," Whitson said earlier in the week. "We want to encourage young people to consider public service in local government management as a career option."
Donations are being accepted with the money to go to the association's foundation to increase professional education and training efforts for local government management in Florida.
Alachua County Manager Randall Reid said a primary goal of the association is to ensure ethics in the profession.
"Many people are not aware that elected officials hire professionally trained managers," Reid said. "But because you are professionally trained doesn't make you a professional. A large degree of that depends on ethics and integrity."
Whitson, the assistant city manager of Port Orange, expects to end his tour on Jan. 12 in Key West.
Cindy Swirko can be reached at (352) 374-5024 or swirkoc@gvillesun.com.

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