Two of our core values, namely Stewardship and Integrity, came to mind in February when the City Council recognized our police personnel for their outstanding fundraising efforts.
Here’s why they were recognized during the Council’s “What’s Great about Greeley ” presentation. Each year the GPD joins forces with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to raise money for the Colorado Special Olympics. Last year, GPD ranked 3rd for fundraising among all law enforcement agencies in the state when they raised over $30,000 to support the athletes.
This wasn’t a one-time fun run or special event, not that there’s anything wrong with those, but rather a series of activities that spanned the entire year with events like the annual Polar Plunge, Torch Run, Firetruck Pull, Plane Pull at DIA, and the Texas Roadhouse Tip-A-Cop.
So why Stewardship and Integrity? Our Stewardship value says that “We will leave it better than we found it.” That is certainly the case with their support for the Colorado Special Olympics—without support from Greeley and other jurisdictions, our Colorado Special Olympians wouldn’t have the support they need to compete. Our Integrity value states that “We treat all people with respect, act honestly and honorably. We commit to doing the highest moral action.” Our police personnel practice this every day during all their various encounters with residents and visitors to Greeley. And then they take the time to support special athletes in Northern Colorado. I believe that exemplifies respect, honor and the highest moral action.
Simply put, their stewardship and integrity is admirable.
Roy H. Otto, City Manager
You can watch the first edition of You Otto Know below where I talk to Officer Maurice Hall about the GPD and the Special Olympics.