Bachelor's Degree, Business, Northwood University
Retired, Law Enforcement
On the Record
Why are you running for a position on the Kane County Board?
I moved to Kane County in 1976. I have raised my children here and as a resident I have great interest in how our tax dollars are being spent and how our elected officials respond to the needs of their constituents. I feel confident that my qualifications and experiences are an excellent match for a position on the Board.
What would your top three priorities be as a board member?
1.Control Taxes. We need to hold the line or reduce the tax burden to our residents, particularly in these tough economic times. Share operating costs by exploring private/public partnerships and avoid new initiatives and activities that are not supported by a source of funding. 2. Build a strong ethical government. One that is responsible to its constituents. One that holds itself and all public employees accountable. One that governs transparently and is a good steward to the assets and affairs of the county. 3. Seek way to improve the quality of life. By fostering safe communities, developing a business friendly climate that will promote job creation. Develop sustainable, environmentally friendly policies and business practices.
How would you differentiate yourself from your opponent?
I am not really familiar with my opponent so I cannot comment.
Explain an accomplishment of yours and how it would – or does – relate to your being an effective board member.
In both my military and law enforcement careers, I started out in entry level positions and worked my way up into senior level positions.Those accomplishments and experiences have helped me to develop a keen awareness of business and management principals involved is strategic planning, budgeting, resource allocation,leadership techniques, contract negotiations, and crisis management. These activities have better prepared me to serve my District and meet the future challenges of the Board.
What is the greatest challenge facing your district, and what you have you done – to date – to help solve it?
The greatest challenge to my district is finding ways to control taxes while still providing the much needed county services and attracting new business and job opportunities. In these tough economic times, this can only be done by prioritizing the needs of the county, eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, and creating private/public partnerships to share costs. The true challenge is finding ways to work together collaboratively regardless of party line to solve issues and concerns and meet the county.
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
I am honest and hardworking individual with a successful record of leadership and teambuilding coupled with the ability to work collaboratively with all constituents. Throughout my law enforcement career i have worked closely with state federal and local agencies gaining experience and knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulation and agency rules. I believe that knowledge and experience have uniquely qualified me for the position. I will work closely with my constituents to ensure the issues and concerns are clearly understood and their interests are properly represented. If elected, i pledge to use every resource available to me to help the county prosper. Above all, I will operate with honesty and integrity at all times.
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