Assets in Action: Hail to the Chief

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, I wanted my column to focus on the Asset building ways and pending retirement of Chief Wayne Torpy.
Chief Torpy is one of those people that the terms, “true gentleman,” and “a man’s man,” comes from.
Since I moved to Los Alamos, every time a chief retired, or moved on, it has always seemed like big shoes to fill. I believe this time the shoes are pretty gigantic.
There are some people that only need one name for you to know exactly who you are talking about, like Oprah, you only need “Chief.”
The Chief is an Asset builder in a variety of ways.
He was instrumental in getting the skate park here and was rather savvy in the placement location and actually involving teens in the entire process, not just in the lip service.
He pushes his officers to be their best, in placing on boards and committees, allowing us to get to know more of his people.
My favorite Torpy story is when we both sat on a local committee. At one point, we were both nominated for the vice chair position by other members on the committee. I almost swallowed my tongue at the thought that there was even a small chance that I would be selected over the Chief.

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