Just as guests of last Thursday's Summit Leadership Academy fundraiser finished a sumptuous dinner from Carino's, keynote speaker Dennis Christy gave something else for the audience to chew on.

"There are so many things that go into being a good public employee," said Christy, the San Bernardino County Assistant District Attorney.

Students who attend Summit Leadership are interested in careers in law enforcement, fire protection services, the military and other public service occupations.

At the heart of Christy's five-point talk, which took place in the Mission Crest Elementary multi-purpose room, is the desire to serve and be "someone who can make the commitment to be that kind of employee."
Christie's five points:

1) A public servant can't be driven by income. "In public service it's not about the wealth. It can't be abount the money."

2) A public servant should not pursue power. "It's not about power. It's not about influence. It's about responsibility."

3) Those who choose a career as a public employee must be honest. "Being honest is important in the private sector, but I think it's more important in public service. We rely upon public service positions for the vital things in our lives.... honesty in all things, large and small."

4) Working cooperative is imperative. "We have to have people who are going to put their own wants and prejudices aside. It's critical."

5) A public employee must desire to help people. "You want to do a good job for others. They need to be motivated by the simple fact of wanting do good for others."

Also addressing guests were Chief Pat Dennen of the San Bernardino County Fire Department and Phil Dotson, director of the school.

"I believe our children deserve the best," Dotson said.