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Bonnie Bayser: Candidate Profile

Huntley fire protection

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  • Bonnie Bayser, running for Huntley fire protection

    Bonnie Bayser, running for Huntley fire protection




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City: Huntley

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Huntley fire protection

Age: 67

Family: Married, five children, 9 grandchildren

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Education: Bachelor of Science in Health Arts

Master of Science in Health Administration

PhD in Management

Civic involvement: Area Representative to the IAFPD

Board member on NIAFPD

Board member on severeal Sun City Board appointed committees

Rotarian 1995-2002

Sun City Lions 2005-2006

Elected offices held: Huntley Fire Protection Trustee & Secretary 2003- present

Darien Woodridge Fire Protection District 1996-2002

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Continue to maintain a fiscally sound Fire District that provides excellent, competent and professional service to residents. Be responsive to the changing population and demographic needs of the district for both fire protection and EMS services.

Key Issue 2

Continue to maintain the high standards that awarded Huntley Fire District accreditation from the Center for Public Safety in 2009

Key Issue 3

Continue to enhance the District's quality improvement processes and continue providing the highest level of fire and rescue services and education to the community that Huntley Fire Protection District serves.

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I feel that I am the best candidate because of the following:

1. I have actively served as a Trustee and Secretary since 2003 and completed the Advanced Trustee Training Course

2. My education and years of experience in health care both at the bedside and in administration

3. My passion and desire to serve people

4. My willingness to serve and represent the Northern Fire Districts on the NIAFPD as well as the IAFPD

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

I wish to follow through with the strategic plan which I helped develop which is the blue print for the future of the District.

Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest fire safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.

Friends and neighbors want rapid response and professional EMS service. Assure service excellence by continuing the District's customer servcie program for feedback as well as monitoring response times.

In these tight economic times, budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?

Finances are reviewed monthly at Board meetings to assure a fiscally sound operation. Budgeted capital expenditures are evaluated on a case by case basis. Financial resourcs are sought through grant writings whenever possible. Energy efficiencies are evaluated and options for savings are researched regularly.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency

I believe in sharing resources. As a former Trustee of Darien-Woocridge Fire District,SUFD was formed, whereby three Distrits shared dispatch, training and maintenance. Currently Huntley Fire District shares resourses with other Depatments through MABAS. I would support sharing/pooling of additional resources. Some ideas have been discussed.