“We are this year less worried about delivering on our strategic work plans as we are in taking care of one another,” Dickstein said.
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City leaders have bolstered professional services contracts, continuously talked about taking care of each other, checked on employees to make sure they have support networks and ensured that there is nobody “carrying this stress alone,” she said.
There was a major outpouring of support from the community following the Aug. 4 Oregon District mass shooting, Biehl said. People were looking for any way to help, including financial donations, food, other needs and gifts that were reminders that somebody cares, Biehl said.
That community support gives city leaders the strength to get up every day, Dickstein said.
“There’s a difference between morale and response, or morale and how we handle this tragedy,” Biehl said. “I can tell you morale — that lobby was filled. Parking lot was filled with officers. That’s the unity of this agency, this region.”
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DelRio remains in critical condition at Grandview Medical Center. The four men in the basement at the time of the shooting, including the suspected shooter, Nathan S. Goddard Jr., are in custody.
DelRio’s injuries are grave, Biehl said.
“While I am confident in their commitment and professionalism to get the job done, I remain concerned at the toll this year has taken,” Dickstein said.