Originally Published: June 30, 2005 5 a.m.
It's doubtful that Richard Straub, who just retired as Yavapai County Public Works director, has read any of the recent hot business book best sellers on servant leadership.
But then, he really doesn't have to, because he obviously has been practicing those principles throughout his tenure.
Straub clearly took to heart something that former President Ronald Reagan often said: "It's amazing what people can accomplish when no one's concerned about who gets the credit."
Straub says many of the accomplishments in improving the county's roads and highways were the result of teamwork among the county supervisors, his department and the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Those accomplishments are many. They include construction of the Pioneer Parkway, Highway 89A from Fain Road to Highway 89, Fain Road, Beaver Head Flat Road from Cornville to Highway 179, and the Mingus Avenue extension from Main Street to 89A.
Straub gave a lot of credit to the county's half-cent sales tax, which generated the money either to do the projects or match with ADOT money to complete the projects.
Someone had to understand what we needed to improve traffic flow through the rapidly growing county and then how to get it done.
And, like any good leader, he found and mentored his replacement in his deputy director, Phil Bourdon, who succeeded him the day after his retirement.
Straub deserves to enjoy his retirement. He has served this county well.