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City: West Chicago
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Bartlett fire protection district, DuPage seat
Family: Wife and three children
Occupation: Project Manager, Integrated Project Management (www.ipmcinc.com and a Lieutenant Colonel/Battalion Commander, 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, United States Army Reserve
Education: Masters of Business Administration, Keller Graduate School of Management
Masters of Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management
Bachelors of Business Administration, Western Michigan University
Civic involvement: Community Organizer, IPM's Project Mercy, and the Knights Templar
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Intergovernmental cooperation is the essential element to eliminating duplication of effort and maximizing the use of our collective resources. Government officials need to embrace the community and solicit their support. There is simply too much government in our area that seem to think leadership is about putting one past the communities they supposedly serve.
Key Issue 2
The 2006 referendum to increase our taxes and raise funds to construct station 3 was about improving service to the community. As your trustee you can count on me to monitor our revenues and expenses closely to ensure we deliver on that promise and are good stewards or your resources.
Key Issue 3
The Bartlett Fire Protection District is well run and loaded with professional fire fighters. The wrong trustee can bring politics into a department focused on service and disrupt the success that has been built there. As your trustee, I will hold the department accountable for rendering quality services to every neighborhood while being on guard for unnecessary growth, gold plated services, and costly distractions.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I have established myself in business and in the community as a person who gets things done. Those who know me best have promoted me to Lieutenant Colonel, selected me for Battalion Command, selected me for service as an Inspector General, and have honored me with a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and a slew of Army Accommodations and Achievement Awards. I am a certified Combat Life Saver and have deployed to Iraq. I know firsthand what it takes to train an organization, deploy an organization, and then recover the same. As your trustee the Fire Protection District will have the partner they need to advocate on their behalf while simultaneously challenge them to be their best every day.
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?
Over the last two years I have had a front row seat of the gross failures of local government. Taking them to tasks, I believe I have been a driver in the creation of Dupage County's new Administrative Adjudication Program (AAP) to improve the equitable enforcement of the County's zoning ordinances. I have also challenged the county officials to review the zoning ordinances and tighten them up for better enforcement.
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.
In these tough economic times, my neighbors want to know that government will provide quality services in the most efficient means possible. The cost of public services can not outpace the means of the citizens they serve.
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?
Duplication of government services, efficient delivery of primary services, unnecessary services, and controlled growth. The Bartlett Fire Protection District is a very professionally run organization today and I'd like to ensure we stay on that trajectory of success. To do this will require discipline that most governmental bodies in this state lack.
Working closely with our neighboring governmental agencies and crafting Inter-Governmental Agreements (IGAs) will help to restrict unnecessary growth and maximize the use of our collective capacity.
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
The Bartlett Fire Protection District's equipment is for special use and immediate needs. Pooling our resources with non-EMS organizations is simply not practical. Working with our sister agencies however can result in opportunities like the funding for Station 3. The referendum was passed to fund construction but it would have cost thousands to file the paperwork just to float the bond. Because the Village of Bartlett had already gone through this process they were able to float the bond for the Fire Protection District who now down the bond through the village.