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David Veath: Candidate Profile

Huntley fire protection

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City: Huntley

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Huntley fire protection

Age: 69

Family: Married 3 Children 4 Grandchildren

Occupation: Retired Fire Chief Huntley Fire District

Education: Graduate Dundee High School

Various Fire Classes and Programs

Civic involvement: Chairman of The Board, Huntley Chamber

Sun City Lions Club

Huntley Fire Protection District Pension Board

Elected offices held: None

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

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I was Huntleys first full time Fire Chief from 1984 until I retired in 2001 and was on the department for 28 years as a Firefighter amd Paramedic. I have the knowledge of the

Budget and Levy, as that was my responsible to put together and present to the trustees for approval. I have a prospective of the Fire District from both that of the Firefighters and Senior Staff as well of the Trustees. With that knowledge,and if I was to be elected, I could step right in as a Trustee and be productive to the Fire District.

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?

After I retired, I remained on the Fire Pension Board, so I was still involved with the Department. There was a opening for Trustee, so I thought I would give it a shot. I feel that I can give back to the Fire Department and to the residents, as they supported me for all the years I was on the Fire Department

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.

The Huntley Fire District is very Professional in providing Fire and Ems service to the residents of the District. The District has built Fire Stations and has the equipment and personnel to respond to any incident in a timely manner and provide the highest quality of service needed.I feel the residents are very satisfied with level of service provided by the Huntley Fire District.

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?

I feel that the Trustees and the Senior Staff and the Firefighters have worked together to provide outstanding service to the residents while staying within their Budget.

They will have to to continue to work together as revenues may decrease in these tough economic times and may have to make some cuts to the Budget where needed.

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 dont know the Districts position on this kind of issue. The Fire Service is unique, compared to other other local governments, and is very specialzed in the service it provides