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City: South Elgin
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Elgin Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Single, one child
Occupation: Police Officer - Sergeant
Education: Graduate Student, Webster University, currently Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration, Wester Illinois University, 1992 Associate of Arts, Elgin Community College, 1990
Civic involvement: 20-year Lions club memeber
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Efficiency of Service. With the current economic condition of our society. The Township needs to operate in the best efficiency possible. This efficiency pertains to efficient use of staff as well as operations conducted in the best interest of the residents of the Township. This goal is done in cooperation with the Township Supervisor.
Key Issue 2
Fulfilling needs. As less funding is availabe through the State and Federal level. The Township is the right government to help vital agencies providing services for mental health and other social services. Continual monitoring of those agencies will aide trustees of the Township to best know where resources could be best utilized.
Key Issue 3
Service through Compassion. We need to work together in all aspects of Township government to provide service to the citizenry at the level they deserve. I believe that people who run for office for the township just as those who are employed want to perform at their best and for the good of the people whom we are to serve in the best interest of.
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.
The nation's economy and that of our society today is a tough burden we all share. The Trustees of the Township must be vigilant to see that the Tax Levee and tax rate remain a low as possible. While doing so we must work towards providing top quality serve to the citizenry. General services need to be offered to as many persons as possible through outreach. Funds provided for service agencies should be done with expectations for value for that support. Research and review must be on a continual basis to obtain that efficiency.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Local Municipalities in past years did annex much of the open spaces lands and rural areas within the Township, however many of the services provided as needed. The Township provides for services under state law and also services not provided by the county or municipal level. Continual review and openness to change should be expected. As society changes government must adjust as well. The general services aspect of the Township government exist without regard to whether persons reside in incorporated or unincorporated areas.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
The primary responsibility is to provide for efficient service focused on the needs of the mentally ill and poor. The Trustees and Township Supervisor must work together to ensure that services are provided as the best level and value for the citizenry.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
I believe that there are ways to improve. I however feel it would most prudent of me to evaluate once on the board before any real recommendations can be made. I would say however, "if you always do what you always have done, you will only get what you have always got".
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 served over 19 years in a local municipal police department. I have worked on budget preparations and understand the importance of providing service within budget constraints. I have also served with in the Lions club for 20 years and have served on the Board of Directors and as a district and state chairperson. Additionally, I have served on the Board of two HOA's of neighborhoods I have resided.