For the past 35 years I have been a devoted public servant, for example. 10 years in the U.S. Army, followed by 23 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, all of which have been very rewarding and humbling to serve my country and to protect our National Security. Today, I am working in “facility security” for a major insurance company, but I still have a passion and drive to serve my country/community. With that, I want to share my knowledge and experience with the Citizens of North Branch.
I have fours reasons in running for mayor of the City of North Branch:
- I want to work with the community to maintain and manage the basic services such as police, fire and public services for the citizens of North Branch, be it for residential, commercial, or farming needs. I want to help strengthen our Public Safety, Fire and Emergency Management Services.
- The City of North Branch has a large outstanding debt that needs to be addressed, managed and eventually paid off. A payment plan is currently in place, but I am afraid there may be a tendency to add more debt to the City without further growth and that is not acceptable for the citizens of North Branch. I want to help strengthen our financial position as a community so that we can provide the capital improvements we need and improve our other Public Services.
- I want to improve the balance between the rural and urban relationships, which would include communicating and understanding the needs of both.
- To listen to and understand the needs of the County and School District in cooperation with the City. North Branch needs to advance planning, structure and activity to balance the needs of all three. Thus, reducing the burden of our tax payers be it residential, commercial, farming and industry and yet seeing that each role and level of government can provide it’s proper services.
I am aware in the past few years important matters have been addressed by the City; two of which are the Superior Silica Sand Project and contracting with the Police Department. Any project first and foremost needs to be environmentally sound and safe for our Citizens of North Branch. The sand project has an environmental, potential health and traffic safety issues. I am against the project.
Regarding the North Branch Police Department, I want to strengthen the department with the needed resources. And contracting out this service IS NOT the correct answer or remedy to help the safety or the budget of the city. During my 23 year career with the FBI, I have partnered with numerous local police departments and I am here to tell you that having your own city police department is the remedy to control crime. This takes men and women in blue uniform and resources to support their mission and to make our Community Safe for Our Families, Friends, Associates and Businesses.