My 30-plus year career in public service was not something I stumbled into; it was my chosen field in college. My career started out as Code Enforcement Officer with Madison Township and Trotwood, followed by Englewood. My next move was to the city of Beavercreek where I was Zoning Inspector/Planner, then as Economic Development Director with Harrison Township. Finally, I was the first administrator with Butler Township serving in that position for 10 years, gaining experience with each step.
Bachelor’s Degree, Wright State, Urban Studies/City Planning
Master Degree, Central Michigan University, Public Administration
One problem the plagues many jurisdictions is how to maintain a high level of service while keeping costs in check. There are two ways to fund those services, increase taxes or pursue economic development and the resulting increase in tax base. I choose economic development, which when done properly in an orderly, planned manner will have no negative impact on the community.
Our biggest challenge facing the township is the need to redevelop areas of Miller Lane, north of Maxton Road. This is the problem child of the township; an area that is greatly underutilized, but holds great promise. In order to ensure the Miller Lane/Dixie Drive corridor remains a vibrant and healthy commercial area and that the northern area of Miller Lane is redeveloped properly, we have undertaken a Marketing/Business Development plan for the township. That plan is expected to be released spring of 2020.
I have over 30 years experience working in government jurisdictions at the local level. As mentioned above, I started out my career as a code enforcement officer, completing that career as the Butler Township Administrator. Moving up through those various ranks allowed me to gain experience and knowledge at each step. That experience includes a vast array of knowledge that can only be obtained by doing all of those jobs. However, one thing I learned very early on in my career was to never be afraid to say, "I don't know". It is only through having a great deal of experience, surrounding myself with good people and being willing to say I don't know has allowed me to make good and informed decisions. I usually try to follow the Colin Powell 40/70 rule of decision making. The rule states that making a decision with less than 40% of the needed information you are shooting from the hip, but wait until you have more than 70% of the information the opportunity has usually passed you by
People need to understand that growing a local economy by adding jobs is not necessarily an asset to townships. Only areas within a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) allow townships to capture any income tax from those created jobs. If not in a JEDD, building an employment generator in the township will mainly benefit surrounding cities. Why? Because cities will collect the income tax from people living in their community, but working in the township. Yes, we will collect some additional property taxes, but that is generally much lower than the income taxes collected. Since we receive a majority of our revenue from property taxes, a well developed residential district will produce more revenue than an employment generator with less impact to our community. Ultimately, there is a need to balance growth so that a commercial development solely for the sake of jobs does not outweigh a residential development, which may actually have a higher return on our investment.
One of my main goals has always been seeking to provide the highest level of service. No matter if it’s calling for a police officer, needing a medic in an emergency situation, having an expectation that your street will be swept on a regular basis, or looking at black asphalt soon after a snow event, service is the name of the game. I like to call it the "ABCs" of township government; police, fire and roads. That is what we specialize in, service delivery. We are constantly trying to increase those services without adding cost to our bottom line. An example of adding service without adding cost is our first recent Shred-It Day that was sponsored by DayAir Credit Union. The trustees, along with a couple of our service workers worked the event. So what would I do if re-elected to make life better for residents of the township? With the help of my fellow trustees, Mike Lang and Ken Betz, I would pursue any venture that adds to the quality of life to those living in the township.
Over the past 4 years, we have made great strides improving services to our community. Whether it’s fully staffing our police department, full-time staffing of our fire department with state-of-the-art equipment, or simply getting a new street sweeper to keep our neighborhoods clean, serving you has been our number one goal. When asked, I tell people being the Butler Township Administrator for 10 years was the best job I ever had, now only second to being a township trustee. I have spent my adult life in public service and found it to be a very rewarding career. I don’t do this job because I’m looking to move up, that stage of my life is over; I do it because I enjoy what I do, getting things done and serving our community.
I am currently a Vandalia-Butler Board of Education member. My vocational experience includes over 32 years with the City of Vandalia and I am a long time community member.
I am Vandalia-Butler High School graduate and I have a B.S. Criminal Justice Administration.
Development is an on-going concern. Our community is constantly changing and we need to create a frame work for development that complements our township. Utilizing community engagement is the best course of action.
My qualifications include my current role as a Vandalia-Butler Board of Education member and my long time community membership. I have spent the last thirty plus years with the City of Vandalia working in various departments where I have learned to listen, to respect and to respond to residents' concerns.
In order to understand how to grow the local economy and add jobs, an update of the 2006 Comprehensive Land Use Plan is needed. It is necessary to engage the community to hear how they would like their township to grow or change and then work with respected developers who specialize in the types of development preferred by our community.
In order to make life better for residents, we must engage our community members, listen to all of their quality of life expectations, and take action on the community's wants and needs. It is my intent to be the voice of our residents and work together to protect and preserve our community.
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