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Rick Naatz: Candidate Profile

Algonquin-LITH Fire Board (6-year Terms)

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  • Rick Naatz, running for Algonquin-LITH Fire Board (6-year Terms)

    Rick Naatz, running for Algonquin-LITH Fire Board (6-year Terms)




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City: Algonquin


Office sought: Algonquin-LITH Fire Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 58

Family: Married 34 yrs, 4 children

Occupation: Owner Rick Naatz Ins Agency, Farmers Insurance Group

Education: Elementary School:St John's Algonquin, High School: Irving Crown School, Carpentersville.

Higher Education: Graduate Of Denver Auto And Diesel College, Den, Co

Civic involvement: Youth basketball and soccer coach, USSF soccer ref, IHSA ref and state finals official

Elected offices held: Current trustee of the ALFPD

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

Questions & Answers

What is your number 1 campaign issue?

Fiscal responsibility to the tax payers, work to keep the tax levy level

What is your number 2 campaign issue?

Department stability continue building team unity

What is your number 3 campaign issue?

Strong leadership in management team

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.

To develop a 5 year plan of goals and objectives: work with management team to have a strategic plan in keeping the district moving forward and keep up with the ever change economics of the district. By having a plan we will be better prepared for the future. To not have a plan could put the district in jeopardy in securing grants and reducing the cost to operate the district.

National accreditation: have a management team in place that has the knowledge and experience to develop and work toward getting the ALFPD the recognition it deserves. Builds team work and pride. We are currently looking for a fire chief, one of the strong points we should be looking for is that individual.

Intergovernmental agreements: work with other government bodies in the area to share resources. It can help to reduce cost and utilize the resources available. Communicate with these sources and keep on open mind to the possibilities that we could take advantage of.

How should the fire protection district improve its services

Keep the training level at a maximum, to encourage advanced education of our firefighters.

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 maintained at or better levels of response time.

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

Being a board member for almost 3 years and have taken advanced trustee training. Have attend the NIAFPD conference the past 2 years, which has workshops to gain knowledge in district functions. As a business man for the past 29 years I feel helps with understanding how to deal with the business aspects of the district and i bring a work hard ethics to the job at hand.