The City of Titusville, Florida / NewsCity Attorney Dwight W. Severs Retires After 40 Years of Service.
After 40 years of service, city attorney Dwight W. Severs retires.
The city of Titusville thanks him for his many years of service.
Below are the comments delivered by Dwight on his retirement.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
First, I want to thank this Council and all previous councils, consisting of approximately 50 different members since 1971 for the honor and privilege of serving as your City Attorney. I have always tried to honor and respect each council member for his or her diversity and beliefs and his or her policy decisions and focus on my role of advising on the law and always upholding high legal and ethical standards.
I also want to thank my wife and family for being understanding of the priority and sacrifice required in planning every vacation and family event around scheduled council meetings. At times, many meetings were very long and frequent but necessary. Also, I want to thank Mr. Ryan, the City Manager and 6 former City Managers and their staffs for working together to address the issues coming before the City Council. We have not always agreed on the approach or substance to certain issues, however I have always respected their position and hopefully they respected mine. Also, I want to thank Mr. Broome, my staff of Vanessa and Michelle for their professionalism and support in carrying out the duties as City Attorney.
In the late 60’s when I served as Assistant City Attorney and early 70’s and on a number of occasions since then, the City has faced some difficult economic times and issues and has been able to come together to devise outcomes for the betterment of the City. I am certain the City and its citizens will overcome this current downturn and, hopefully, will emerge even stronger. I know that not everyone will agree on how to address some of these issues, but hopefully, every point of view should be respectful and respected in our democratic process. Disagreement is not necessarily bad as long as one is not disagreeable.
I hope and pray that during these times the City’s character and very being will never lose sight of the needs of its citizens in balancing budgets, determining priorities whether or not it is creating jobs or taking care of the homeless and the needs of our children. Some say a City and each civilization is judged or measured in part, by how it treats the least among us. How will we be judged?
In the early 70’s, not only did we create our own industrial park and business and industrial recruitment program, we built and staffed a social service center for our City and those in need. I realize over the last 40 years, times have changed and the emphasis on public service has taken a back seat to “what’s in it for me”, the “me generation”. I encourage you, the Council, Mr. Broome and the City staff to never lose sight of the core values, ethics and emphasis on public service. I have always tried to honor and respect the public policy decisions of Council and tried to advise based upon the law, fairness, due process, equality and maintenance of certain legal and ethic al standards.
Again, thank you for the privilege of serving.
Dwight W. Severs