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City: Carol Stream
Office sought: Carol Stream Fire Board (6-year Terms)
Family: Married 48 years, 3 children and six grandchildren.
Occupation: Retired/Owner/President Great Lakes Trailer Sales
Education: High School - 4 years, 4 years college/business.
Civic involvement: Past President Glen Ellyn Jaycees, Past President CSYB, Past Cub Master Pack 190, District Commissioner BSA, Commander American Legion Post 76, DuPage County Commander American Legion, American Legion member 34 years, member of VFW Post 2164 30 years, CSFPD Trustee 29 years/President 8 yrs., VAC 7 years, 40/8 Legion Honor Society 22 years, Carol Stream Citizen of the Year nominee and Carol Stream Special Citizen of the Year nominee.
Elected offices held: Carol Stream Fire Protection District (CSFPD)- Secretary 21 years/President 8 years.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Maintaining the high level of fire, rescue and emergency medical service to our citizens with the same careful budgetary practices that the Fire Board has approved of throughout my terms.
Key Issue 2
Encourage further functional consolidation with other fire districts and departments to encourage more efficient and cost effective methods of lowering the budget.
Key Issue 3
More financial creativity to provide the same or greater levels of high service without any additional taxes or referendums to the residents.
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
Goal 1 - Review our long-range Capital Expenditure Plan. This is critical given the aging buildings and vehicles that will need repairs and replacement. The board will address such a plan with the Fire Chief and his staff. Goal 2 - As Board President, keep our trustees informed, maintain business-like meetings with respect and professionalism. This is critical to conduct the highest level of quality business and research on all agenda items and the financial base of the Fire District. Such balance, professionalism and respect within the Board is best maintained with good leadership from the Board President. Goal 3 - Complete our labor negotiations for a new labor contract. This is critical to the Fire District Budget. This will follow the direction of the District's Attorney, Comptroller and Fire Chief to weigh out the financial and benefit proposals that are affordable.
How should the fire protection district improve its services?
The Fire District has been steadily improving its services with newer emergency vehicles, improved tools and equipment, higher education and cross training of the employees. Further improvement would be to take a hard look at the benefits of the Fire Alliance on how to work together to get ambulances and fire trucks to our residents in need, faster.
Are you satisfied with the district's response times? If yes, please explain; if no, please offer your suggestions on how to improve.
Yes. We have three fire stations that are positioned to not only cover their designated areas of protection for fire and medical emergencies, but to also cover the other areas as back-up if another fire station is busy. We have paramedics on both our ambulances and fire trucks, so whichever unit may show up, it is equipped with paramedics and life support equipment at all times. Our vehicles are updated and replaced on a schedule based on age, use, function and reserve needs which make them reliable with few, if any breakdowns.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve on the fire district board?
I have been a Fire District Trustee since 1984 and have been President of the Board 8 years. I have seen the continuous growth of the Fire District and its growing demands for service. I carry almost 30 years of history with the District, which allows me to help make critical decisions now as the Board President.
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