For the first time in a decade Bob Dedrick and Dale French can go to sleep tonight without worrying about a middle-of-the-night town emergency.
The two long-time town supervisors left office Dec. 31.
While each has a capable replacement - Deb Malaney in Ticonderoga and Bethany Kosmider in Crown Point - Dedrick and French will be missed. Each was a strong leader in his community and a voice of reason on the county board. More importantly, Dedrick and French are good men.
But for each success, Dedrick and French paid a price. The pressures of public office, often unseen by constituents, are very real. Being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week year after year takes a toll.
I've enjoyed working with Dedrick and French on a regular basis, but as a friend I'm glad they're stepping aside. They've done their part; they deserve to relax on the sidelines.
Dedrick has been Ticonderoga supervisor the past eight years. He was a town councilman two years before that. During his years at the helm the community's infrastructure has been completely rebuilt. He's been at the helm for a major downtown revitalization effort, the opening of major new businesses, the creation of new parks, the renovation of Black Point beach and so much more. One of his most important contributions has been the establishment of a committee system that has attracted the best and brightest of Ticonderoga to help make things happen.
"Leaving this position is bittersweet, but I hope I have left this town in better shape than I found it," Dedrick said in his farewell address to the community. "That is the hope of every new supervisor coming into office. I can honestly state I have spent the time and the effort necessary to bring about positive changes. My fervent hope is that you, as residents and constituents, are satisfied with the results."