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Supervisor: ‘I’ve always been honest’ with citizens

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I was surprised to see the article about my tenure as Dixon Township supervisor have such prominent place in Monday’s paper (March 18). While I disagree about how I was portrayed, I do appreciate having the Telegraph shine a light on the important work of being Dixon Township supervisor.

One of the most rewarding aspects of being township supervisor is that you can help people who need a helping hand. It is an important job, and I’ve done a good job for the 4 years I’ve served as Dixon Township supervisor and the 8 years I served as Dixon Township trustee. 

Four years ago when I ran for the office, I told the voters that I was going to work nights and weekends while I finished my career at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. They knew I would do a good job, and they elected me.

Since I retired from IDNR 2 years ago, I’ve been able to work the normal office hours.

One advantage of my working nights and weekends was that the office was open 60 hours a week, and to this day, I still meet with clients who need assistance by appointment on Wednesday evenings. 

Working two jobs is nothing new for me. I’ve done it most of my life. When I had a young family and worked as a highway maintainer, I used to mow lawns on the side. The extra money came in handy with two growing daughters.

One of the things my late father, R.P. Farster, told me was that if you want to get a job done, you hire a busy man. As Dixon Township supervisor, I have been a busy man.

I’ve always been honest with the citizens of Dixon Township and invite any questions you may have about the supervisor’s office.

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