Like most things in life, the things that work well tend to go unnoticed. For most members of a community, this includes those who do the things necessary to make the community function well. So who are the people that make a community function well?
Public Officials Who Serve the Community
The well-known roles of the city mayor, county judge-executive, police chief and sheriff are some of the positions that community members rely on to manage important matters and to ensure the community is all everyone hopes it will be. Because of the nature of different local governments, some of the titles may vary, but the responsibilities to the community remain the same. The men and women in these roles have a great duty as leaders and as stakeholders in the community themselves.
Alongside the more recognized positions are roles that may be lesser-known but are no less vital to the operation of a local community. The county clerk, judge, district attorney, as well as treasurers, secretaries, bookkeepers and administrative staff all serve the community by fulfilling their duties and supporting those they work with and for.
Community Members Who Serve the Community
Apart from the operation of the community by public officials and their staff, an instrumental part of a well-functioning community is the community itself. The businesses, schools, local organizations and those employed in these places all play a crucial role in the function of a community. For example, many businesses and schools employ individuals who have become a notary in Illinois in order to offer those official services, as needed, in addition to their work for their employer. Service to the community by the community is vital to a community’s success.
When all the stakeholders of a community care about their roles and responsibilities and seek to serve the community, a community operates well. It is easy to overlook these individuals and their function when they do their jobs well, but they are essential to a strong community.