31 years in public service, 13 years as Chief of Police, managing people and budgets.
Associate degree in Law Enforcement Technology, Certified Law Enforcement Executive, Graduate FBI National Academy
Economic stability of the City of West Carrollton. My reason for running for city council is to continue to work for the betterment of the City and hopefully to assist city staff working on the economic stability of the City. To help city staff as needed to assist with bringing new businesses into West Carrollton.
I do see the revitalization of the downtown and development of the riverfront as our first economic development priorities. I believe that the riverfront at "the Bend" is West Carrollton's biggest asset. Development of the riverfront I believe will be the City's springboard for economic development and stability. Development on the riverfront will spur further development which would hopefully not stay around the riverfront but expand further out to help revitalize the downtown area.
The joint fire district is still new and I believe that the City should wait to see if the City of Miamisburg or Miami Township has experienced any savings since forming the joint fire district. The City's fire department has always operated within a tight budget. Through the use of the ICMA-Performance Measure the City has been able to determine that the City's fire department continues to provide fire service at a cost that is lower than other fire department's of similar size.
The City has always looked at ways to save money for the citizens and I have no doubt that if the idea of a joint police service was brought up city staff would be involved. The police department continues to provide a quality service while maintaining a tight budget. The City continues to use of the ICMA-Performance Measure as a way of comparing the services provided by the WEst Carrollton Police Department to other police department's of similar size and the City has been able to determine that the City's police department continues to provide police service at a cost that is lower than other police department's of similar size.
I have served 2 terms (8 years) as
a West Carrollton City Councilman
MBA University of Dayton
BS University of Cincinnati
Graduate of West Carrollton High School
I have served as a good steward of the community's money. I have collaborated with other members of City Council to maintain our City services and employees while overcoming declining
revenue sources. I want to continue moving West Carrollton forward in this difficult economy!
The riverfront represents our best opportunity to make West Carrollton a destination city. We have control of significant properties and are actively seeking new business to help make West Carrollton a destination city where people want to visit and reside.
I am not sure that joining the fire district WOULD reduce costs. Studies have not been conducted
that show any benefit for West Carrollton. We have a unique fire department culture in West Carrollton that might preclude our joining a fire district. Bigger is not always better and we have cooperative agreements with our neighbors for mutual aid when required.
Contract services with the sheriff for police would not be in our best interest and would not serve our residents with the personal service that they have come to expect from our safety services. Our safety services get the job done in a cost efficient manner that provides the
best value for our residents.
In my 6 years on City Council, I have been the council liaison on the Coordinating Committee, Planning Commission, Property Maintenance Board, Income Tax Board, and First Tier Suburbs. I am very familiar with the business side of things. As I am Director of Manufacturing at Dayton Progress and will have 40 years at Dayton Progress in December.
In my 6th year on city council
Associate degree in Industrial Engineering from Sinclair Community College
Economic development is of top priority. We have done an excellent job over the last (6) years of upgrading our infrastructure. For example the Exit 47 interchange, bridges, and the upgrade of the Holes Creek flood zone to get take this area out of a flood zone. Now it is time for economic development. We have hired a new and energetic Economic Developer and we need and will grow in this area.
The riverfront area is the stepping stone for our economic growth. We have the perfect area for riverfront development. We now have easy access to this area with the interchange installation of Exit 47. Our ultimate goal is to have West Carrollton as a destination city. We have a good plan in place and now is the time to execute this plan.
Reducing costs is important but should not and can not be the only factor in making a decision such as this. The first priority is service. We recently had a survey taken by Wright State of the West Carrollton residents and our fire department was rated extremely high. This tells me that our residents are extremely happy with the service that they are currently given. So seeing these high ratings that our fire department currently received, I see no advantage to changing to an area fire district.
After seeing the high ratings that our police department and fire department recently received from the West Carrollton residents in a survey taken by Wright State. I see no reason to consider such a move. By keeping everything local, the emergency response time is kept to a bare minimum. In addition, our emergency service groups know where the streets and businesses are in the city, when time is of the essence.
First Local Government position applied for. Military Service 12 years.
AAS Paralegal Studies
Economic growth through cooperation and transparency.
No! Revitalization should not be tied to such broad Concepts as a priority.
completing 8 years on city Council
Served 16 years on West Carrollton School Board
Member, Bd. Of Directors, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Member, Bd. of directors South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce
Graduate Patterson CO-OP H.S., Dayton, OH
Economic developement.....Entertainment District, Event center, Whitewater Park on the Great Miami River, Stadium. Also, hotel, restaurants, perhaps Condos, all along the river. Also, an ice cream parlor in that mix.
The 2nd economic developement priority should be to establish the "highest and best use" for the city land west of the river and determine how we can establish infrastructure out there (water and sewer lines).
We absolutely should consider it to see if it actually would reduce costs.
The only "joint fire district" in our area is the combined Miamisburg/Miami Twp Fire Dept. Which is still developing. We should seek to find out if West Carrollton joining that Dept. would be in the best interest of all parties.
I have no interest in contracting with the Sheriff's Dept. We have one of the best Police Departments in the region and it would be in the best interests of our residents and my goal, to keep it that way.
Particpation in "regionalization" does not necessarily mean "consolidation".