Letter: Supervisor asserts that he responds
I would like to respond directly and take strong exception to Mr. Rilee’s letter to the editor dated July 24 as published in last week’s Gazette Journal (“Responding is important,” Readers Write). Mr. Rilee stated that I and three other members of the Board of Supervisors “rarely do” respond to emails or phone calls from him or other constituents. This false, paintbrush impression to the public cannot be further from the truth.
While I cannot speak for my other colleagues, I make it an important priority as a board member to respond quickly to my constituents and take prompt action where necessary. I make it a point to always answer my phone, call back, or write back to constituents who write directly to me. Anyone in my district, including those outside, know that I respond to every call or email and take quick action.
The only email I ever received from Mr. Rilee was a congratulatory one in early January and it was addressed to three of us simultaneously following last November’s election. As a rule, I do not respond to emails when there are multiple addressees and where no action is required of me.
When I communicated to Mr. Rilee by email over this issue, he responded that “maybe they were not going through.” But to forward a blanket perception that I am non-responsive to county citizens is disingenuous and conveys a false perception regarding my responsibilities as a board member.
I ran for office to represent not only the York District, but also all county residents. I take my job responsibilities very seriously and I take pride in communicating with county citizens, county employees and county administration quickly and decisively. I also have a monthly newsletter that communicates with all Gloucester citizens. I will continue to work diligently for Gloucester County and its citizens.
Phillip N. Bazzani
Supervisor, Gloucester County BOS