Two people who are invaluable contacts for a community (as well as a newspaper) are the mayor and the chief of police.

The former – if he values good public relations with the community and a good media for coverage – provides fuel for airing the news providers, a two-way street that produces mutual benefits.

The latter is the catalyst for assurance of law and order in the municipality and represents safety and order for its citizens.

Keeping the public properly and promptly informed has its own rewards – uniformity and justice for those who seek such from their officials and law officers.

In Arab those positions are held by Mayor Robert (Bob) Joslin and Police Chief Ed Ralston.

Under their direction and the many departments servicing the state’s highly-rated “6A town” of Arab, the city runs smoothly and provides a Mayberry veneer to what is a more complicated mode of life. But what goes on behind the scenes, I’ve discovered in the past, makes a more interesting tale than what the newspapers and other media report.

There were many advantages to work for the man who was mayor of Myrtle Beach, a resort area that was just beginning to become known as a destination for tourists to enjoy their vacation time.

For more on this story please pick up Wednesday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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