Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.
Office sought: Schaumburg Township Clerk (4-year Term)
Family: Married to Linda 3 Daughters; Marissa, Jenna & Karli
Occupation: Project Manager-Nicor Gas
Education: Candidate did not respond.
Civic involvement: First Chairman of Hoffman Estates Utility Commission Hoffman Estates Zoning & Appeals Board Original member of Nueroblastom Childrens Cancer Non Profit
Elected offices held: Schaumburg Township Trustee, (2001-2005)
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To improve services with a tighter budget and limited state and federal funding
Key Issue 2
We are always looking to help residents in new ways. Case in point would be prescription drug program we had and Free Itac Phones for the Hearing Impaired through the Senior-Disabled department.
Key Issue 3
Look at new or different programs we can partner within our own community-possibly with Volunteer efforts at local companies. Some large companies in the Township encourage their employees to volunteer and we can benefit from that.
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.
Reviewing employee dynamics to see what makes sense with cross training departments and making sound decisions as tax payer advocates. Look for additional grants or funding-money is out there and we need to find it for the good of the residents. Review elected official roles-maybe we can utilize their strength's and experiences to help the employees and residents grow.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Townships will always be needed because we serve the residents when they need us most like Public Aide and General Assistance, Senior and Disabled people who can't always count on Cook County to help them or local municipalities. In Schaumburg Twp we always are looking to better ourselves and enhance the services for the residents we serve.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Serving the residents by expanding programs without raising taxes. Being a place to grow for elderly, youth and disabled-giving them a sense of community.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
We made some internal department/program changes and brought on an agency (who worked with this departmen) to enhance services to the community and bring in more revenues.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
I have been with the township long enough to understand what works vs what does not work.I know all the employees and feel we have mutual respect and trust to get things done.