Joseph Holtorf: Candidate Profile
Grafton Township Board (4-year Terms)
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Office sought: Grafton Township Board (4-year Terms)
Occupation: IBM, retired
Education: B/A Management, National- Lewis University
Civic involvement: Homeowner associations, local planning projects.
Elected offices held: None.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
Communication and co-operation at all levels.
Key Issue 2
Insure that the forensic audit recommendations are fully implemented.
Key Issue 3
Restore Grafton Township to a solid financial foundation that meets the needs of the township.
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.
Refer to the above question. That will be determined by the make up of the new board.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
There will always be a need for a township as long as there are unincorporated area's not served by larger municipalities , i.e. roads and seniors that require general assistance. The role of the township will change with the needs of the people it serves over time.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
See answer to the above question
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
I reserve my judgment until I see the audit and review the financial statements. Legal expenses need to be reduced.
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 an electrical, electronic and management background with a degree in management. I was employed with IBM for 44 years. During those 44 years, I spent 7 years as an engineer and 37 years in management. I have been a branch manager, support center manager, software manger, corporate consultant to the European operation. Division operations planning manager and a regional comptroller.
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