- Editor’s note: For the NVN to name a public servant their Person of the the Year is misplaced at best.
- Former Editor/Publisher of the Nisqually Valley News Keven Graves said public officials should do everything to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest.
- This is both true for city leaders and for the newspaper.
- The place for recognizing Line Roy is by the city, and the Mayor already gave her the city’s honor as 2023 of employee of the year.
- The NVN could have chosen many other deserving Yelm citizens who volunteered and gave back to our city as their 2023 Person of the Year.
- After all, Ms. Roy is paid by Yelm taxpayers as a city employee.
- Her job is to “enhance residents’ experiences and memories of living in a small town,” quoting the NVN, and has a budget to do so.
- The newspaper solicited advertisements in-advance to congratulate Ms. Roy for their recognition, so this was a revenue-producing project for the NVN, as well.
- Even I got solicited to buy an ad, and I shared these issues with newspaper staff weeks ago!
- What about all of the other wonderful volunteers of the Yelm community?
- From here on, the NVN should not choose paid/elected city staff as Person of the Year.
- Line Roy is Yelm’s communications coordinator, the city’s official publicist.
- The NVN is the city’s newspaper of record.
- Revenue prospects took a priority to this glaring conflict-of-interest in the newspaper’s 2023 Person of the Year award.
- The NVN missed an opportunity to acknowledge other Yelm citizens for their 2023 Person of the Year.
- The NVN was warned!
Nisqually Valley News Person of the Year 2023: Line Roy
Building community drives Yelm’s communications, recreation coordinator in role
Excerpt from the NVN:
Since Line Roy became Yelm’s communications and recreation coordinator in October 2022, one of her top priorities has been to enhance residents’ experiences and memories of living in a small town.
Her determination to grow city-hosted, family-based recreation events from two in 2022 to 49 in 2023 not only expanded community outreach and engagement but helped create lifelong memories for community members along the way.
Roy’s efforts earned her Nisqually Valley News’ 2023 Person of the Year honors.