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Shelby County residents are having to say good-bye to two of the good guys.
Charlie Frazee, the county’s first head of the Emergency Management Agency, and Frank Chuppe, longtime city attorney for the City of Shelbyville, are moving on to the next phases of their lives.
For Mr. Frazee, that happened on Halloween, and it was certainly a trick and no treat.
Under his leadership Shelby County became a much safer place to live, with more planning, coordination among protective agencies and expansion of alert processes, systems and capabilities.
When a storm siren goes off, you can pretty much thank Mr. Frazee for the hard work that allowed so many of us to hear and heed those warnings.
Besides those contributions, Mr. Frazee is a delightful man whose spirit and collegial qualities will be missed.
The same can be said for Mr. Chuppe, who has steered major legal matters since 1996 and served as a very important advisor on key matters the city has faced. He is retiring at the end of the year.
His clear opinions and command of civic and legal matters have been important not only to Mayor Tom Hardesty and the city council but to all residents of the city, who can be sure that their best interests and legal backsides were protected by Mr. Chuppe.
Neither Mr. Frazee nor Mr. Chuppe is headed for a full-time fishing pole but rather moving along to new personal and professional responsibilities.
But we expect even long after their replacements are in place that when a matter of import – but it public safety or legal assault for the city – that these two won’t be so far away that they won’t get a call, an E-mail or a text for consultation.
Or, if not, we certainly think they should be.