I was pleased to discover that Bruce Anderson is running for Sherburne County commissioner when I read an article in the Star Tribune June 23. However, I was very puzzled by a quote in the article made by Larry Farber, also running for the position. “He may have been the head of the department, but I have government experience,” Farber said when asked about Anderson. “Until you’re actually in county government or local government, you don’t know what it is like.”
Nothing could be further from the truth! I served as Sherburne County administrator for nine years, retiring in 1999. During that time I worked closely with Sheriff Bruce Anderson. He was, and is, exceptionally knowledgeable regarding county government and demonstrated his remarkable ability not only as the manager of the sheriff’s department, but as an effective leader in county government as a whole and the entire community as well. During my tenure with the county we faced tough economic times. Bruce was an exceptional role model for local government. He always promoted and facilitated a team effort among managers both in and outside of county government to work hard and find innovative ways to continue to provide the services citizens need and want. He always had the best interests of community service as his goal, not his personal interest nor his department interests. I relied on Bruce to work with me, the other county managers, cities, and townships to find ways to accomplish a balanced budget while keeping essential services and minimizing the property tax impact on our citizens. Bruce’s contribution in the areas of securing federal contracts, land acquisition and even economic development went far beyond his duties as sheriff. He daily demonstrated his leadership abilities and team-building skills.
I was fortunate to work with and learn from Bruce and encourage Sherburne County citizens to vote for Bruce Anderson as county commissioner and give him the opportunity to once again provide innovative and collaborative leadership to the community he loves. — David Loch (Editor’s note: Loch is a retired Sherburne County administrator.)