City of Indian Harbour Beach’s Sally Sullivan Selected As Community Hero For ICMA Life, Well Run Program

By  //  April 14, 2017

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Sally Sullivan, Indian Harbour Beach Police Chief David Butler’s Administrative Assistant, was nominated as a Community Hero for managing the city’s Christmas Outreach Program for more than a decade.

BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLORIDA — Indian Harbour Beach employee Sally Sullivan has been selected as one of 10 Community Heroes nationwide.

Earlier this year, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) solicited Community Hero nominations from members throughout the world and Sullivan, who is Indian Harbour Beach Police Chief David Butler’s Administrative Assistant, was nominated for managing the city’s Christmas Outreach Program.

“We are extremely proud to announce that Sally Sullivan has been selected as one of 10 Community Heroes nationwide for the 2017 ICMA Life, Well Run program,” city officials said in a release.

Life, Well Run is an ICMA initiative to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value professional managers bring to build ethical, efficient, effective local government and great communities we’re proud to call home.

As a part of this program ICMA created a Community Heroes program.

Indian Harbour Beach City Manager Mark Ryan, left, and Sally Sullivan shortly after Ryan made the announcement earlier this week of Sullivan’s honor. (IHBPD image)

The City’s Christmas Outreach program allows the police department and the residents of the city an opportunity to work together to help local families, children, and seniors during the holiday season.

For more than 20 years this program has identified children through Ocean Breeze Elementary School whose parents may have had a challenging year who need help providing Christmas gifts for their children.

In 2016, the Christmas Outreach Program provided Christmas gifts to 37 children from 14 different families. Also, the program helped six seniors. A second part of the program is a Food Pantry.

In managing the Christmas Outreach Program, Sullivan has volunteered thousands of hours and touched the lives of hundreds of families, children, and senior citizens.

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She obtains a “Christmas Wish List” from families and with assistance from other members of the Police Department shops for these items. Items often include clothing, shoes, and school supplies.

“We also identify senior citizens who need assistance,” said Sullivan. “In these cases, a gift card is purchased from the business in which they purchase medicines.

The second part of the Christmas Outreach Program includes a Food Bank. All collected food is placed in the Council Chamber and the families are provided a turkey and allowed to select food to ensure they have a wonderful holiday meal and season.

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Life, Well Run is an ICMA initiative to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value professional managers bring to build ethical, efficient, effective local government and great communities we’re proud to call home.


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