Politicians and Elected Officials Who Get Things Done
In a climate marked by endless talk and far too little action, these 12 politicians give us reason for hope.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the November 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
The Challenge: "The perception of law enforcement has been negative for so many years," Crawford says.
How She Tackled It: Since her election in 2005, Crawford has launched more than 30 programs designed to increase interaction among her officers and residents, including a teen-driver safety course (which earned her a commendation by the Virginia state senate) and a crime prevention class for retirees (attended by some 900 people so far) that includes a field trip to nearby Washington, D.C. And one Friday a month, the sheriff's office stays open late so local artists can display their work in the building.
Words to Lead By: "We need to make our communities have faith in us," Crawford says. —Laura Dave