To the editor:
I just heard that Jeff Wilson, the publisher of the Fairfield Ledger, is retiring this month after over 20 years of service to the Fairfield community. Thank you, Jeff!
I appreciate what a great job Jeff does to make sure an informative, accurate, appealing paper gets delivered every single day at a time when daily newspapers in major cities are folding. As publisher, he is responsible for creating each issue, printing it, selling the ads to pay for it, and delivering it. To sell ads and offset expenses, Jeff must keep print circulation up while being sensitive to demands for online content.
Jeff’s duties include managing an ever-changing editorial, production and sales staff — we’ve all seen strong editors come and go as they used Fairfield as a stepping stone for career advancement. When short on staff, Jeff writes editorial, sell ads, assists in production and even physically deliver papers.
Through the years thanks to Jeff’s intelligent and even-handed guidance, the Ledger has covered local news, the city council, Jefferson county, elections, agriculture, business, schools, human interest, crime, sports and weather. At the same time the Ledger never shied away from more charged issues such as the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, hog farming, and town and gown controversies.
What we will miss most about Jeff is his friendliness and openness, his relationship with so many people and constituencies in the community. When I would walk over to the Ledger, Jeff always found time to discuss local issues, the Ledger, or as a fellow Chicagoan, the Bulls, Black Hawks, Bears, Northwestern, White Sox (he is Southsider) and Cubs (I’m a Northsider).
Thank you so much Jeff. I just hope your plans include continued service to Fairfield.
— Hal Goldstein, Fairfield