An exemplary leader: Thanks, Bill Garbrick, and for others like you

It’s said that a true leader is one who empowers others.

William E. “Bill” Garbrick Sr. is a leader, though we know he’d rather stay out of any limelight and just simply serve others.

Bill has spent 33 years as a Lamar Township supervisor, roadmaster, emergency management coordinator, and volunteer.

It’s pretty clear there are a lot of people who like Bill.

That’s why he was honored recently by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors at the organization’s 95th annual convention with its President’s Leadership Award, by the Clinton County commissioners, and at the Clinton County Association of Township Officials’ 105th convention.

We like what state Rep. Mike Hanna said about Mr. Garbrick: “Bill Garbrick personifies the definition of township supervisor and I can say without hesitation that he is a keystone for Lamar Township. All elected officials, including myself, should strive to serve the community like Bill has done for so many years.”

Folks, Bill — early in his public service career — helped to build the Lamar Township Volunteer Fire Co. station from the ground up, and as township secretary Amy Yost pointed out, Bill ” … even mortgaged his home to purchase the first fire engine for the fire company.”

There are some tremendous township supervisors and other locally elected public servants among us.

They have the ability to set the tone for local living, for community spirit and for how communities evolve and improve to serve their residents.

We need more Bill Garbrick Sr.’s in our midst.