Convening a Community: David Behen Shares His Vision of Washtenaw County

Like many others who are in public service, David Behen, the Deputy Administrator for Washtenaw County, would like to encourage others, and especially people in their 20s and 30s to join him. And when talked with David, his honest and forthright appraisal of the ethics of his work, made us want to give civil service a new look. Yet, these are hard times. So, how does an administrator who has to make tough decisions that are economically-driven because of diminished resources and money, determine what is the right thing to do? I am not sure we answered these questions, but our conversation with David Behen frames the ones he finds the most difficult. We think that you would agree. Now how can we as citizens of Washtenaw County assist David Behen "convene a community" as he so nicely puts it, that offers the highest quality of life for everyone who lives here?