As Rushville and Rush County residents prepare to enter 2014, some of our local officials took the time to respond to some questions posed by the staff of the Rushville Republican. Taking part this year are Kirk Amman (Educator), Mike Pavey (Mayor), Craig Tucker (Chief of Police) and Dr. John Williams (Superintendent of RCS).
Questions and Responses:
1) What goal have you set for the coming year?
AMMAN: My personal goal is to get in shape and cut back on big meals. My professional goal is to help RCHS students achieve excellence in all areas of our school, especially in working with seniors to end their school year successfully and be prepared for their next challenges.
PAVEY: My goal is to continue to improve on communications on all levels. From the cities perspective, my goal is to convey to Rushville’s citizens this administrations direction and how all of the varying projects that are developing are interconnected. As well as, how those projects will advance our community.
TUCKER: I have set many goals for the coming year, but the one I think I will be most challenged by is to complete the Indiana RAIN ride during the summer of 2014. It is a 160 mile bicycle ride across the state of Indiana.
Williams: Make every effort to provide Mr. Vance the enough opportunities to ensure he is prepared to become the next Superintendent of the Rush County Schools upon my retirement in June.
2) What personal accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
AMMAN: I am most proud of my family, including my wife Lynae, and our four children - Alanah, Anyah, Kaeson, and Arianah. And I am very proud to be an administrator with Rush County Schools - this is a great place to be. We have amazing and genuine people in our community.
PAVEY: It is simple, but I would say being a good husband and father.
TUCKER: I am most proud of my two daughters, Haylie and Addison. They are by far my greatest accomplishments. Tricking my wife into marrying a guy like me is a close second!
Williams: My wife and I are the parents of four children who are now adults with college degrees and are gainfully employed and the fact that we are grandparents to three beautiful young people.
3) What words of wisdom would you like to pass on to others?
AMMAN: Take advantage of your time and opportunities each day. I hope our students at RCHS appreciate and enjoy their experiences that are happening right now.
PAVEY: People will accomplish more by seeking common ground as opposed to focusing on our differences
TUCKER: The best words of wisdom I can think of were given to me recently and underscore what I intend to work on in the New Year, and those words are: “lighten up.”
4) If you could talk to anybody (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
AMMAN: I would like to talk to Michael Jordan to learn about his experiences related to his basketball career and his work ethic, perseverance, and competitiveness.
PAVEY: This is an easy answer; I would talk to my parents Margaret and Charles Pavey. They are both deceased. They were great people whose feedback was very important to me. I would find it gratifying to get their feedback on the person I’ve become.
TUCKER: I would like to talk to Abraham Lincoln, as cliche as it may sound. Aside from the obvious reasons for wanting to speak to him, I respect that he was able to include in his administration people who had considered him a rival at times in order to gain a broader perspective and that he was very much open to criticism.
Williams: To Thomas Jefferson to get his impression of how he envisioned the United States versus how it is today.
5) What would you like to see done or changed to make Rushville and Rush County a better place?
AMMAN: I would like to see more economic development here in Rushville and our schools and community/business leaders working even closer to promote our town and county.
PAVEY: I would like to see our community develop an attitude of encouragement one where we look to inspire those around us. I would hope we always look to encourage success in our children, friends, neighbors and community.
TUCKER: There are several things I would like to see change in Rushville. They are growth, population and economic, and I would like to see more positive thinking and acts of kindness.
Williams: I would love to see people become more accepting of change. We cannot continue to “do things the way we always have” or we will fail as a community. Believe it or not change is not all bad.
6) Which individual has had the greatest impact on who you are today?
AMMAN: My parents - Doug and Jean Amman and my grandparents - Jim and Marie White and Lester and Alice Amman.
PAVEY: My parents
TUCKER: From the beginning, my parents have always been my biggest influence. However, I have had many positive influences in my life from teachers to coaches to supervisors. I have been blessed with many positive role-models in my life who were willing to offer guidance when I needed it.
Williams: Without a doubt that would be my wife. Without her love, companionship, understanding and guidance I would not be half the person I am today.