I am writing this letter to inform the reader of my experiences with Bob Conley. In reading this letter I hope it will simply do just that, inform you, for I feel that is the most important thing a person can do before voting – be informed.
As a young man growing up in the Warsaw area I, as many of you have, got my hair cut by Bob. I always looked forward to the sucker that was sure to follow a good haircut, accompanied by good advice. Little did I know how impactful the man that ran the clippers swiftly through my hair would be later in life.
When I returned to my hometown of Warsaw after my Service in the U.S. Navy, I again returned for my haircut, and sucker of course. Being older, and more mature I began to realize how valuable the good advice I was given as a child, and continued to receive from Bob, was. As a wholesome, Christian man Bob always seemed to know what to say in my time of need, and could always back his opinion with a bible verse.
My working relationship with Bob began with my acceptance to the Silver Lake Police Department. It was only then I realized exactly how hardworking, and caring Bob is. I have been a Reserve Police Officer with the Town of Silver Lake for over four years now, and can personally attest to how hard it is to serve as a volunteer.
To serve the same community for 38 years is something noteworthy to say the least. Keeping up a family, full-time occupation, and policing career is a daunting task, yet Bob has accomplished this for 38 years! As I have come to know Bob both professionally and personally I can assure you that, like me, Bob is a police officer solely to help his community, his neighbors, and to protect our safety, and freedoms.
My working relationship with him developed further as I began to work part-time for him in asphalt maintenance business, Conley Sealcoating. Bob consistently maintains a positive, encouraging attitude no matter how hot, or dirty the work may be. “An honest days work, for an honest days pay” I can remember him saying repeatedly, which is something I believe has begun to slip away from our society. So, to see a man promote this ideal in business, and encourage it throughout our youth by employing young men is encouraging to me.
As a leader, mentor, and man of action, Bob has proven himself to our community through his works, and his faith. Bob Conley has been an uplifting influence in my life. As an honest businessman, purposeful Police Officer, caring barber, and devout Commissioner Bob has proven to me that he is a man worthy of my vote.
Mark A. Hoppus