We thought about touting a politician here, but when you get down to it, it’s the guys like Leonard Shoemaker who make a city good. It doesn’t take much to get kudos if you’re a politician; you just schedule yourself a press conference and take credit for something. But Shoemaker, who has worked as an equipment operator at the City of Las Vegas parks since 2005, has managed to draw unsolicited compliments to the city from everyday citizens because of his work caring for our parks. Says one parkgoer at Kellogg-Zaher Park, “The gates are always open early, and he stops in from time to time to make sure we are informed about what’s going on and to ask us what can be improved on. He scratches a few [dog] ears, and we feel better after he leaves. Leonard is the best ambassador the city could have for parks.” What’s more—Shoemaker has stopped dog fights, returned lost driver’s licenses, and, says City spokesman Jace Radke, “does everything he can to make sure visitors enjoy their recreation” at city facilities. That’s a guy who we want receiving our tax dollars.
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