From time to time we get contacted by readers who feel someone has been wronged, and to be perfectly honest, a vast majority of the time it turns out to be a situation that is better left to the police or court system and not the local newspaper.
This time, however, is a little bit different.
During the Shamokin City Council meeting in the first week of July, council accepted the resignation of long-time code enforcement officer Rick Bozza, who by most accounts throughout the community, worked tirelessly to fulfill a job description that is ever changing.
In a city littered with blight, as many of the surrounding communities are, Bozza spent his time, often alone, attempting to enforce city ordinances relating to dilapidated properties. More or less, he fought to make Shamokin as presentable as possible.
Earlier this month, council accepted his resignation after seven years in the position and not one city official at the meeting offered a thank you for his service, which the newspaper received several complaints about.
Maybe it was a simple oversight. Maybe it was an intentional snub.
While it was nice to see officials at city hall recognize Bozza during a gathering Thursday, we can’t help but wonder why he was never commended publicly.
Bozza spent many years doing the job many law enforcement officers do — filing citations at Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III’s office, dealing often with criminals in the area and, in general, working to make Shamokin a better place.
And he did it all without carrying a gun.
And that, we feel, certainly deserves praise.