Page 8 - Scene Magazine 4504 April 2020
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  B.C. City Scene
BY REBECCA FLEURY Battle Creek City Manager
    order. As you read this, it is likely that the order has been extended or, at the least, that we all are still feeling the impacts of COVID-19 in our commu- nity.
More than half of the city’s senior leadership team and department heads are women, and they all have import- ant roles to play in running our City of
In the midst of this pandemic, I saw a social media post about how many children would see their work- ing mothers doing incredible things, as schools closed, and many of us switched to telecommuting. In a situa-
This pandemic
has proved chal-
lenging to our
community, the
State of Michigan,
our country, and
the entire world. I
appreciate those who have followed the orders to stay at home as much
as possible and wash your hands frequently. I am grateful to everyone who continues working and is named essential – on our own city team,
our firefighters, police officers, bus drivers, water and waste water crews, finance staff, and many more.
tion where we reach for silver linings, what a powerful image for our com- munity’s children.
  Because you are learning this month about the many women serving in our community, I want to recognize the many women leaders who have
Our three public information officers – sorting through the con- stant flow of changing information to educate our community – are women from the city and county.
no easy task. There have been difficult days, and there likely will be more. But children will join their mothers
on Zoom meetings, learn about the important work their mothers do and – I hope – feel proud of the fantastic work happening in Battle Creek, and across Calhoun County.
Neighbors, as
I write to you, I am working from my home in Battle Creek, observ-
ing Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe”
stepped up and dug in to help Battle Creek and Calhoun County neighbors through this crisis – starting with Calhoun County Administrator and Controller Kelli Scott, my counterpart serving in our Unified Emergency Operations Center, responding to COVID-19.
from nonprofits, local government, and other organizations that serve
our community every day. These women have worked tirelessly in our efforts to help our neighbors stay safe, healthy, and receive their basic needs.
Giving Thanks for Working Moms
Battle Creek, and in responding to this crisis. They lead the teams handling finance, public transportation, IT, Human Resources, and more.
day in and day out, while caring for children and hoping to keep them on track with school, is
We have health care and mental health care professionals and CEOs; philanthropic presidents and vice presidents; and a variety of leaders
Be well, neighbors. I believe in the good happening in Battle Creek, and I hope you do, too.
Certainly, working at home
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