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Steve Hagerty stepped aside and now Daniel Biss is off and running and doing a great job as Evanston’s new mayor.
I was talking to my sister in San Diego today telling her about how well our city has performed fighting the awful coronavirus. She was impressed with our vaccination numbers and how well we have kept the number of deaths down in this battle. She asked what I thought was the key reason we were so successful.
I told her our mayor at the time of the outbreak of the pandemic was actually the founder and CEO of a nationally known disaster management consultancy company. Hagerty Consulting helps corporations, small companies and governments respond to and recover from a variety of disasters.
My sister’s reaction was “No s—, WOW are you folks lucky!” I responded by saying I have talked to many neighbors and others around the community and not too many knew of his background. Lots of credit goes to our terrific Evanston health care providers, without a doubt, but having a leader with that kind of background and expertise cannot easily be measured.
I thought about the many times I walked by the Civic Center on Ridge Avenue and shook my head in dismay at all the black flags fluttering in the breeze. Each little flag represented a resident who was stricken by COVID-19 and died. They numbered almost 120 by the time they were finally removed from the front lawn a few weeks back.
I pondered all of the spouses, siblings, relatives and friends who were forced to deal with the sudden, terrible loss of a loved one. Then I wondered how many little black flags there might have been without the background and leadership of Steven Howard Hagerty! It sends a chill up my spine.
former Evanston teacher