Ted Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, once wrote “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Well, I have a lot to smile about as my service on the Washington County Board concludes. As is in life, if I have one thing that I should have done more often while on the board, it is simply to say thank you.
Therefore, I would like to thank the nine commissioners, past and present, that I have had the honor to serve with. I would like to thank Jim Schug, Molly O’ Rourke and Kevin Corbid for their stellar leadership of our great county. I would like to thank all of our department heads, our county attorney, and our sheriff for their collective outstanding leadership. I would like to thank all of our employees for making Washington County the best county in the state of Minnesota.
I would like to specifically thank the following people, who over many years have made my position as a commissioner easier, more fun and have made me smile: Dan Papin, Don Theisen, Wayne Sandberg, Lowell Johnson, Judy Hunter, Jane Harper, Pat Conley, Nancy Brase, Linda Engh, and of course, Pat Raddatz.
A personal thanks to my parents, Earl and Nancy Pulkrabek, who instilled in me the competitive spirit and mental toughness it takes to be in the political arena. I want to thank my former spouse, Lori Pulkrabek, for all of her support and guidance over the years. A thank you to my campaign manager, Damon Dolton, whose endless hours of work on my behalf can never be repaid. And finally, a thank you to Senator Norm Coleman and Mayor Bill Sandberg for inspiring me to run for elected office many years ago.
There are numerous county projects, programs and services that I could point to as successes over the last 14 years. As I take a step back and look at the macro I think the major, overarching success of the county can be summed up with this: Washington County enhances our high quality of life by providing excellent core and essential services at low levels of taxation. This is why Washington County is a model for not only other counties, but all layers of government. I am glad to have played a small part in this success.
Lastly, I want to thank my constituents and the all the residents of Washington County for bestowing on me the honor and privilege of being a commissioner and trusting me to make decisions on their behalf.
For this, my smile will endure. Thank you.