A letter from Councilmember Aldama to his constituents:
September 19, 2016
I wanted to make you aware that I will be unable to attend a few of the upcoming Council Workshops due to my participation in a Leadership Skills Development Course. As you know, serving as an elected official in local government captures the true vision and spirit of representative government. It allows everyday common citizens such as your friends and neighbors to serve on a City Council and make decisions that directly impact the community they live in. Having been elected by the citizens of the Ocotillo District, it is a position and a responsibility I hold sacred.
As a Councilmember, I have been committed to serving our citizens and working with my fellow Councilmembers to lead the city through trusted leadership and example. Providing leadership has always been my top priority. Attending regular Council meetings and workshops is one of the most important responsibilities I have as your colleague and my attendance record demonstrates that commitment. Equally important is my own professional development and my desire to work every day to become the best leader I can for my community and constituents.
While the benefit of local government representation is that it allows ordinary citizens to hold office, it also means that the elected citizens may be working and providing for a family like all of the other citizens. As you may be aware, I am an employee of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), an educational institution that provides degrees and certificates in a variety of subjects. My commitment to the importance of education in our community is mirrored by my employer. The MCCCD has a firm belief in reinvesting in their employees by providing educational and leadership training opportunities that help ensure employee success within the organization and expanding out into the employee’s own community.
I have regularly participated in leadership trainings offered by my employer. These opportunities have made me a better employee, leader, decision maker and Councilmember. As I continue to serve my community it is important to me that I continue to grow as a leader so I can give my best to my colleagues on the dais, City of Glendale residents and employees.
As part of my continuing education and development, I will be participating in a mandatory
vigorous Leadership Skills Development program with the MCCCD that will take place on the
Gateway Community College campus. This course work over the next three months will consist
of six required four hour training classes that unfortunately will prevent me from attending the
next three scheduled city workshops (9/20, 10/4, 10/18) as this formal course work is on the
exact same date and time of the already scheduled workshops.
While I may not be at these meetings, my commitment to you and the citizens of the Ocotillo
District is that I will continue to attend all regular City Council voting meetings, district and
constituent meetings, community events and regular City Councilmember activities. While my
absence from the workshops is only temporary, I want to assure you that I will be actively
involved in providing input and direction on those items the Council discusses in workshop. I will
continue to actively study the agenda materials, researching the items as I usually do and I will
provide staff with mine and my constituent’s questions so that they can be answered
appropriately. I will also watch the workshop videos so that I am aware of the conversations and
discussions that took place amongst the Council.
I appreciate your patience and understanding over these next few weeks and am convinced that
the training will help me to better serve the citizens of Glendale.
Councilmember Jamie Aldama