Remembering Scott Brockett

September 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Colleagues say it won't be easy filling the void left at Reedley City hall by the sudden death of Councilman Scott Brockett. The 43-year old had served on council just four years, but friends say he has left his mark on this town in so many ways.

Reedley Mayor Pro Tempore Steven Rapada said: "He's been someone who's been a great champion for the city of Reedley because his heart and soul were dedicated to the city of Reedley."

That hometown dedication began right after graduation from Reedley High, when Brockett made an unsuccessful bid for city treasurer at 19. In the years that followed, he volunteered for the fire department and worked as a reserve police officer, and raised four children.

Councilman Brockett is credited with promoting economic growth and getting a new wastewater treatment plant built. He also worked with the Council of Governments, representing the city in Washington DC and Sacramento.

Rapada said: "He created network systems that will last forever in the city of Reedley. He has built a communication line to the state and federal level that Reedley has never seen."

City Manager Rocky Rogers said: "Unfortunately he's not going to be able to see the fruits of those labors. But folks who need and loved Scott will be able to see that and that's the legacy Scott's going to leave for the city of Reedley."

The flag now flies at half staff outside Brockett's full-time job, the Sequoia Safety Council where employees of the ambulance service also call him a leader.

Friends say they last heard from Brockett while he was campaigning for re-election Saturday. A family member found him dead in his home this morning. The coroner is performing an autopsy, but foul play is not suspected.

Friend Alex Ott said: ".It's a big loss for the community, the family, the central Valley, in general for the city of Reedley."

In a statement released today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said quote "Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Councilman Scott Brockett who was a dedicated public servant and a true leader to the people of Reedley. His service and commitment to helping those around him will never be forgotten."

Brockett leaves behind four grown children.

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