Sam Lyon did see the world— and it gave him some perspective.
Lyon’s epiphany came in 1991 in Korea, during one of his three overseas tours.
“I noticed how people don’t have what we have,” Lyon said.
It was there — on the other side of the globe — that Lyon realized he wanted to be involved in civic duty in Cadiz when he retired from the U.S. Army as a personnel manager (which he did in December, after 20 years of enlistment). Lyon is now running as the Democratic magistrate candidate for District Seven.
“Instead of critiquing everybody, I needed to get involved,” he said. A native of the Hopkinsville area, Lyon knew Cadiz would be the area with which he’d get involved. Lyon married a Trigg County native, Deborah, and has called Cadiz home since 1982.
As an Army personnel manager, Lyon said he managed, on average, units with budgets of about $300,000. Lyon said it was an effective training ground for future county magistrates.
“I have years of administrative experience with policy writing, development and implementation; budget planning; decision making processes, legalities and Equal Opportunity,” Lyon wrote in a personal statement.
“I’m very familiar with chasing down bureaucracy,” Lyon said during an interview with The Cadiz Record.
As a personnel manager, Lyon said he written numerous policies — like the safety procedures for a shooting range, for example — and has had to see them implemented.
“People are resistant to change, so you have to be very considerate of that,” Lyon said.
Lyon is also familiar with being responsible for large budgets. At his last stop in Ft. Campbell, Lyon oversaw a unit of about 460 soldiers, with a $300,000 budget.
Lyon said he valued having face-to-face contact with the people he serves. Though he couldn’t always tell soldiers what they wanted to hear, he could explain why decisions were made and what other options they might pursue. It’s a habit he said he’d continue as magistrate.
“I don’t think anything can surpass face-to-face talking,” he said, there’s no “better way of relaying information.”
Lyon said he’d be proactive in discussing issues with his candidates. Also a part of his plan to keep his constituents informed is to publish a regular newsletter to update his district.
It will be a lot of work, but Lyon said that’s the responsibility that comes with making decisions for others.
For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.