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Building and safety officer: My thoughts on Buzz and the impact he made on me and the city that he loved

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To the editor:

I have been in this municipal circus for over 20 years, and in all those years I have never witnessed the level of commitment and devotion to a city that Buzz (Busby) demonstrated even in failing health. Health issues faced by Buzz for the last few years would have felled a lesser person, but Buzz never faltered in his commitment to the city of Lincoln, and I have rarely respected an elected official as much as I did Buzz.

While I only had the pleasure of knowing Buzz for a few years, I found his wit and insight refreshing, and you could always count on him to come up with a wry quip.

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Buzz's knowledge of the city's finances was unparalleled, and his oversight and expertise of the budget will be sorely missed. Every time I see a red pen I will have a fond recollection of an instance when Buzz was too ill to attend budget discussions and had Mayor Snyder pass out red pens to everyone to cut the city's budget down to a size that satisfied him.

City council meetings will just not be the same without Buzz, and I will miss hearing Buzz say, "Move to adjourn," at the conclusion of the every meeting he attended.

John Lebegue
City of Lincoln building and safety officer

[Posted December 11, 2012]

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