March 11, 2009

North Tonawanda Treasurer Does Right

I haven't met North Tonawanda Treasurer Rob Ortt, but from what I've seen of him, he seems like a young man with a bright future ahead of him. He recently returned home from a tour in Afghanistan, quietly going about his business serving the people of NT. He certainly doesn't seem the type of person who seeks publicity, but in this day and age when politicians are always accused of only looking out for themselves, I believe it's only fair to give Ortt his due.

North Tonawanda has a policy that allows city employees on military leave to be paid the difference between what they earn from the city and what their military pay is. Ortt, while serving his country abroad, declined to accept the additional compensation from the city. This likely amounted to a relatively significant amount of money that Ortt chose to forego.

Ortt put defending his country before all else, but has no interest in taking advantage of a policy that would have put thousands of dollars into his pocket. That, ladies and gentleman, is an elected official who is not only looking out for himself.

At a time when so many of us in the private sector are being asked to do more with less, it's unusual to see someone in the public sector who actually is willing to do the same. No fanfare, no publicity and no grandstanding. Just a good ol' desire to work for the people without making headlines. How refreshing.


James T. Kirk said...

Hobbes, that's an interesting post. But I think you left out an even more significant detail. I read a few news articles about Mr. Ortt when he returned from war, and it said he's getting married this fall.

That he didn't take the money would be an admirable trait in any politician. But that he didn't take the money when he, quite frankly, could probably use it, well that just says a lot about Mr. Ortt's character. And what it says is good.

Pirate's Code said...

I applaud Mr. Ortt for his actions, and thank him for his service to our country.

I also applaud Niagara Times for pointing this out. However, I must deduct style points in the "sports cliches" department, to wit..."a bright future ahead of him" Where else would his future be?