Thomas McLurkin has not only found the key to balancing his work life as a deputy city attorney with home life as a father of five children, but still manages to find the time to serve his community.
McLurkin’s service to the city of Glendale and the surrounding areas all started with a remark made on his report card in the sixth grade, he said.
His teacher, Virginia Bobo Kiser, who is now his mother-in-law, wrote that McLurkin was not working to his potential.
“That comment did not set well with me,” he said. “You would think that something like that would just roll off the back of a sixth-grader, but it really hurt. That comment has stuck with me to the point where I don’t necessarily hearken back to the exact words, but I always ask myself ‘have I done all that I can do?’ ”