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City: Hoffman Estates
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Office sought: Hoffman Estates Village Clerk (4-year Term)
Family: Married, two sons
Occupation: Hoffman Estates Village Clerk
Education: High School diploma
Civic involvement: Hoffman Estates Celebrations Commission 2002-present (chairperson 2005-present) Hoffman Estates 50th Anniversary Commission chairperson 2007-2009, volunteering at various other Village events, Special Olympics
Elected offices held: Village Clerk, Hoffman Estates 2007-present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To continue to improve and bulid relationsships with Village residents and businesses.
Key Issue 2
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Key Issue 3
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Some communities have contracted out for certain services, such as snowplowing, to save money. What innovative methods would you propose to reduce your office's budget? Explain your answer.
Since becoming clerk my office has created business license applications replacing the need to order more expensive preprinted forms, when possible, we handle communications by email eliminating the need of paper and internally we continue to scan our ordinances and resolutions which allow our employees to search them in a more efficient manner.
The state's revised Freedom of Information Act guidelines renewed focus on open government. Name one specific step you would take if elected to increase government transparency in your office.
As a FOIA officer and the Village OMA officer I understand the need for transparency in government and as an administrator in those two areas I will continue to make certain that FOIA requests are responded to following the Freedom of Information Act rules and meetings are conducted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.
Do you believe the village clerk should be an elected or appointed position? Please explain your answer.
The position of Hoffman Estats Clerk has always been an elected position and I believe it should remain that way. My opinion is that as an elected official you're more accountable to the residents because you run for re-election every four years.
What steps would you take as village clerk to improve and increase the flow of information to residents?
I currently deliver information to our residents through my Clerk's Corner in our monthly newsletter and at our Board meetings. We are constantly updating information on our website to keep it current and revise our Business Directory to keep it up to date.
If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for village clerk? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.
My office has updated our filing system by purging old files to be in accordance with the state regulations for records retention and we have greatly improved the communication between the clerks office and other departments creating a more productive atmosphere.