About Commissioner Sharpton
Logan County Commissioner Mark Sharpton says he decided to run for
public office because he saw a need for someone who had a concern for
the people to fill that position. “Rather than sitting on the
sidelines and griping, I thought I would put my beliefs in action,” he
Sharpton, whose previous occupation was commercial roofing, said
he likes to apply practical solutions to everyday problems and serve
the people in a pleasant and sincere manner.
Sharpton says his wife, Shannon, has helped him tremendously in
serving the public. “Not only does she support me in my role as county
commissioner, but she assists others through her role as a legislative
assistant at the state capital.
Sharpton says one of the questions he asks job applicants who
enter the Logan County District 1 office is, “Who do we work for?”
While the answers vary, Sharpton said his motive in asking is to
see if those applying for a job understand that working for “the
county” is really working for “the people.”
During his six-year tenure as an elected official, Sharpton has
observed that sometimes people in public service end up serving the
job, or themselves, instead of the people. “I frequently remind myself
and my work force that the citizens of the county are the real bosses.
They pay our wages and we answer to them. That’s why when we receive
phone calls from constituents who say, ‘I don’t mean to bother you,’ I
tell them, “You’re not. I work for you. That’s why I’m here.
“Listening to citizens’ concerns and responding as promptly as
possible to their requests is my responsibility,” Sharpton says. “It
is also my philosophy and my pleasure.
Sharpton says he believes the concept of public service is
really pretty simple. It is to serve the people. "And maybe," he adds,
“If we remember that on a daily basis, we will have the opportunity to
continue doing so.”