From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     In one of his many lectures, Adrian Rogers stated that it’s possible to delegate authority but not responsibility. As a carpenter and contractor, my father built some of the finer homes in Fentress, Cumberland and Pickett County’s over his long career. As an 8 year old, I still remember his first day of work with Rector Hixon. Rector had the reputation of being one of the best master carpenters in the region. On his first day on the job, Rector showed my dad how to lay bricks. He showed him how to mix mud, use a trowel, how to place a line to keep everything level, how to lay the bricks and clean and trim the mud. He put my dad to work and told him he would check on him a little later. Four hours passed before Rector checked on my dad. My dad had laid over 200 bricks in that time. Rector complemented my dad on the quality and quantity of his work. A lifelong career was born that day.

     Working with my dad on summers and weekends, he treated me the same way. Whether digging a footer, plumbing or roofing, he showed confidence and support. That experience helped me as a teacher, coach and administrator. It also helped as a parent, encouraging my daughters to try new opportunities and adventures, from caving, rappelling, white water rafting to rock climbing. From my dad’s lesson, I learned that respect and trust are earned, and that confidence in someone’s ability encourages people to do their best.

     As County Executive, I am definitely a proponent of delegation of duties. I think that showing trust and confidence without looking over someone’s shoulder or attempting to micro-manage someone’s efforts brings out the best in people. Remembering the pride that my dad showed when telling the family about his first day’s experience at the supper table that night is still one of my favorite memories. For Rector Hixon to have shown such confidence in his abilities was huge boost to my dad. He automatically felt a part of the team. As we continue to serve, we continue to stress “Teamwork” as a guiding principle in moving Fentress County toward a bright future.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1500749703ekalw1500749703t@skc1500749703ihadn1500749703ama1500749703. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.