|« SHARON RAMAGE, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COURT AT LAW #2 IN COLLIN COUNTY, TEXAS||Still Waiting for a Primary Date »|
Sonja Hammer passed away last night after a long battle with illness.
Sonja was a "true citizen watch dog".
She fought Plano for years to open city records and meetings, and her efforts helped make the citizens better learn the issues in Plano.
Not too long ago, the Plano City "Special Recognition" was given to her by Mayor Dyer and the Plano City Council for being a "timeless champion of open and transparent municipal government".
While she was often an outspoken critic of the city council, she loved Plano. For many years, she volunteered for her city. She served on the Senior Citizens Advisory Board from 2005 - 2009, and she was a graduate of the City of Plano Citizens Academy.
She had been a long time member of the Mary Shirley McGuire Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Last year, the City Council and Mayor Dyer named her an "Outstanding Plano Citizen". In the proclamation:
OUTSTANDING PLANO CITIZEN
WHEREAS, Sonja Hammar has been an active member of the Pl&no community as
a volunteer, advocate, and Senior Citizens Advisory Board member, and
WHEREAS, Sonja is a champion of open and transparent municipal government, working
to improve the way information Is delivered to Plano residents, which has been an asset
in helping the City of Plano improve its communication with the citizens; and
WHEREAS, her interest in the city website has ensured the timely dispersing of City Council and Boards and Commissions agendas and minutes; and
WHEREAS, Sonja can be counted on to see the many sides of discussions involving city policies, particularly those affecting senior residents; and
WHEREAS, Sonja has been tirelessly active in supporting and promoting issues
concerning the city's senior residents; and
WHEREAS, she has worked diligently 10 insure that seniors who are not able to drive have some form of transportation to get their medical appointments end important
WHEREAS, Sonja's tireless work with all issues that impact Plano, especially the
elderly in our community is an inspiration t0 all who come in contact with her;
NOW, THEREFORE,I, PHIL DYER, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF PLANO, TEXAS, do hereby bestow Special Recognition upon Sonja Hammar for the outstanding efforts she puts forth on behalf of City of Plano issues involving our senior citizens, and I do thereby encourage all citizens t0 join me and the City Council in recognizing and honoring Sonja's work. You make City a better place
Office of the Mayor
Her ashes will be interned today (Friday) at the Restland Funeral Home in Dallas at 3:00 PM. There are no scheduled services.
She did "make the City a better place."
Sonja, as you look down upon the community you loved, we thank you for your dedication to open and accountable government - even when it was not popular or easy. Plano and Collin County are much better to have had the honor of your service. Godspeed, Sonja, with love.
Hopefully several new citizen activists will emerge to take her place. It will certainly take more than one! There are plenty of folks that will show up when there's a hot issue, but Sonja was there day in and day out to keep an eye on local government even when the prospect of excitement was slim to none. She certainly didn't hesitate to call out officials or heavy-hitters when she thought it was warranted, call for back-up if she needed it...and the letters to the editor section just won't be the same.
Sonja's devotion to Plano and it's residents was truly inspiring. Sincere sympathies to her family, friends and everyone who will miss her...and that will be a lot!
God bless her and may she truly rest in peace.
The Observer thanks you
.... for the correction.
So many times during citizen’s comments you hear from those who are just angry and/or like to hear themselves talk. Not Sonja, her heart was in the community and she achieved her goal of more transparent government at every level.
I was a far more effective council member due to Sonja's questions and research. As our current mayor noted, she was an asset not only for our public servants but for our community.
Rest in peace, Sonja. May many more take your place.
Comments are closed for this post.