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Jay Langfelder: Candidate Profile

Bartlett Fire Board (6-year Term) (Republican)

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  • Jay Langfelder, running for Bartlett Fire Board (6-year Term)

    Jay Langfelder, running for Bartlett Fire Board (6-year Term)




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City: Bartlett

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Bartlett Fire Board (6-year Term)

Age: 48

Family: Amy Langfelder has been my wife for 18 years. We have one daughter, Mya Langfelder, and she is 9 years old. We are waiting to adopt our second daughter, Emma, in China.

Occupation: I am an insurance agent.

Education: I have a Bachelor Science Degree from Illinois State University. My major was in Economics.

Civic involvement: My wife and I are Directors for the Cubbies Program for AWANA at the Village Church of Bartlett.

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

The Bartlett Fire District providing services to the community efficiently and effectively at the same time being fiscally responsible.

Key Issue 2

Continue to extend community outreach to raise awareness of public safety issues.

Key Issue 3

Continue to extend participation in mutual aid support with other surrounding communities to reduce costs and maximize services.

Questions & Answers

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.

As a trustee of the Bartlett Fire District my first goal is to be committed to sound fiscal policies and practices. Being fiscally responsible allows the Fire District to operate and maintain its equipment, properly train personnel, and provide the necessary administrative support to be effective at protecting the community now and well into the future. Accomplish this goal, the board needs to work closely with the Fire Chief to examine and review the budget. Maintain and expand lines of communication with fellow trustess, the Chief, and the public. Clear lines of communication in an organization is critical if it is to reach maximum efficiency. Keeping the public well informed of board's decisions, policies, and budgets, etc... is one of the key responsibilities of a board. My business experience has taught me that communication and clarity are keys to a well run organization. How to improve communication is to use social media and utilize the district's web site. The third objective is to maintain the integrity of the district. The district needs to continue to maintain the professionalism it has established through the years. The current administration needs to continue class room training and professional awareness for their personnel.

How should the fire protection district improve its services?

After several meetings with Chief Falese and attending several board meetings, I can only offer that I would make certain that the budget includes the necessary funding for continuing education and training of its personnel. For example in November 2011, the Bartlett Fire District did a great job with the railroad derailment by coordinating with other agnecies and local fire departments by minimizing loss of property. The success of operation was due to department training of personnel. As a trustee, I would continue to allocate funding for personnel training which would improve services.

Are you satisfied with the district's response times? If yes, please explain; if no, please offer your suggestions on how to improve.

It is my understanding the District responded to 3,466 emergency calls in 2012. There were 4 complaints regarding response time and after the department reviewed the 4 complaints, 3 were within the accredition standard of response time, which is 6 minutes. I am satisfied with response time as a results in 2012 emergency reponse calls.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve on the fire district board?

I have 19 years in business managemnet. As a human resource and operation manager, I have implemented company guidelines and procedures and reviewed performances. Additionally, I have implemented company training programs for hundreds of employees. I have reviewed and planned salary and expense budgets. Through my many years in business management, I have the experience to utilize it as a board member and will be a true benefit in the public sector.

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