Mitch Mitchum and I both came to work in Astoria in 1994 and our paths crossed often over the next 10 years.
I came to appreciate Mitchum as a rather extraordinary public works director, interested and involved in the community in myriad ways that went far beyond streets, sewers and water. Mitchum showed up when things needed to be done. He consistently contributed his intellect, his time and plenty of energy to trying to make things better here. He was always ready to lend a hand and he never expected credit.
I can't say I always agreed with him, but he certainly gave everyone plenty of reason to respect him. I'm glad I got to work with Mitchum over the past decade and I believe Astoria is a better place because he was here.