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DuPont City Council 2012-15, Mayor 2016-Present. Army 30 years, COL(R); Aviator variety of psns, incl; Bn and Bde Cdr, CoS 1st ID, D/CoS I Corps. Four deployments, two each to Bosnia and Iraq. Clover Park SHS; BS, West Point; MA, Webster Univ (Management); MA, Army War College (Strategic Studies)
For 7 ½ years I have served this City as a City Council Member or Mayor. I decided to run for re-election because the work we started almost 8 years ago to recover from the recession and see the City of DuPont fulfill its original intent is not yet completed. Although many of the conditions envisioned by the original planners in 1985 have changed, the goals of a livable City where people can live, work and play remains. I learned while a Council Member that serving as Chief Executive (Mayor) of a City is complex and time consuming. I also learned that the job requires both experience and training. I spent my four years on Council acquiring the experience and training that have served me well as Mayor. I seek to continue to apply my knowledge and experience to the task of leading this City and serving its citizens in the future.
Improving Public Safety (Police, Fire and Emergency Medical) to a level appropriate for our City. Specifically the addition of Paramedic Support and growing our Police Department to where it is able to respond to a 2 officer call without leaving the rest of the City uncovered.
Managing growth, restarted after the recession, to bring jobs and resources while protecting quality of life. Land use is challenging. We do not get a blank page when we take office. The Council and Mayor are bound by earlier decisions. We must respect the legal rights of property owners while serving the needs and interests of the community.
Use growth in resources to address quality of life issues, specifically development of a community center and other recreational assets, restoration of historic sites and preservation/restoration of environmental assets. Long term maintenance of non-arterial roads, not supported by grant funding, will be an issue we have to plan for.
Public Safety should be the priority of any Municipal government and clear shortcomings in capacity have the biggest potential impact on the citizens and must be addressed first, but the others must follow close behind.
As Mayor, I have started a weekly update for the Council Members to keep them aware of ongoing issues and efforts in the City. Together we initiated a Council Committee system to get Council Members involved in policy development earlier and we have adopted a biennial budget to allow Council to better project our City’s financial future in a more holistic and predictable manner. I strongly encourage Council Members to attend the annual Association of Washington Cities Conference and partake in the numerous educational opportunities offered then and throughout the year.
We have some local projects including the approved restoration of the Sequalitchew Creek to salmon habitat and continued protection of our designated green spaces throughout the City. The City has adopted some measures recommended by the Partnership for Puget Sound to reduce our impact on Puget Sound including; purchase and regular use of a street sweeper to collect auto waste from our roads and protect storm water, prohibition by our ROA and COA of uncoated cyclone fencing to reduce zinc leaching into the ground water and we are exploring potential banning powdered zinc on roofs to further reduce the runoff into the stormwater system.
As a planned community we are restricted to some of the original transportation infrastructure and zoning that the developers put in place. We have had to be creative to support both commercial development and reduce the impact of this development on the community. Our 4-year negotiation with Amazon is a prime example of getting trucks away from residential neighborhoods by opening a new entrance/exit on Wharf Road. The 3 ½ year effort to expand DuPont-Steilacoom Road, moves commercial and private traffic out of our City core and better flow it to I-5. The 18 month process to develop a Sub-Area Plan, zoning codes and development regulations for the Old Fort Lake Area is an example of citizens working with our Planning Commission and City Council, with input from a potential developer to tailor future development and transportation infrastructure in a way that enhances the City from an economic and cultural perspective, without compromising quality of life, so important to our City.
We are a small City that has not been directly impacted by these issues. Our geographic isolation and lack of social services do not make us an attractive location for illegal immigrants. We have taken an active role with State level law enforcement to address some human trafficking issues that have involved locations in our City and insured persons being exploited are given full protection, regardless of their immigration status.
Much like the previous question, we have not been a City that has seen direct impact from the homelessness crisis. As Mayor, I am a member of the Pierce County Executive Task Force on Homelessness and Affordable Housing co-chaired by our County Executive and Tacoma Mayor. We are working to develop County wide actions to bring relief to both the victims of homelessness and lack of affordable housing. One of our long-term initiatives is the inclusion of greater affordable housing in our urban growth area known as Sequalitchew Village. Our geographic isolation and lack of regular local public transportation make it unlikely that we will see significant numbers of homeless people.
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Ten Years U.S. Navy SEAL Officer/Vietnam Combat Veteran. Eighteen Years Financial Services Private Sector. Fourteen Years Social Security Administration (retired 2011). Six Years Washington Secretary of State Corporations Division (retired 2019). Three Years Adjunct Professor of Ethics Chapman U
I have lived in DuPont for 20 years and grew up in Steilacoom. Currently my children and grandchildren also live in DuPont. Most people move to DuPont because it is a wonderful residential community and a great place to raise a family. The quality of life here that we love has been eroding as warehouses, trucks and pollution have encroached on our small-town atmosphere. Working with other citizens, we are trying to turn this around with new leadership.
1. How to stop over-development or inappropriate development but still recruit appropriate business that will help budgetary requirements.
2. How to preserve our incredible historical, recreational, ecological and cultural resources for the future.
3. How to create sustainable funding to not only meet the basic needs of a small city but to bring an ambitious vision for the future of DuPont to fruition.
These issues all work together or don’t work together. We must address them all simultaneously.
Collaborative leadership will be essential. The council and the citizens must buy in to a common vision for the future of DuPont. My role is to be a catalyst in order to make that happen. Without a common vision we cannot move forward. We can use workshops, citizen input and subject matter experts to help.
The city’s role is critical for protecting our environment which is currently threatened from many sides. We do have a comprehensive plan and city codes but developers are continually requesting variances from the city for projects that will degrade our environment as well as our quality of life. We need to say no, we will not allow it. We can make our codes and our permitting process more strict so that we can craft a city that meets our vision.
Except for the Historical Village, our city is somewhat new. However, it is old enough that infrastructure needs continuing maintenance. We have a sidewalk problem because the wrong type of trees were planted. We will have a road maintenance problem because of the huge trucks coming our way. One truck is equivalent to 8000 cars when it comes to wear and tear on the roads. We have an old community center that needs rehab and our newer buildings also need ongoing maintenance.
This is not currently an issue for DuPont so we should not approach it at all. We already have an adequate number of problems to address.
We have very little homelessness in DuPont but it could be coming our way in the future. We have no city resources to address this issue should it become a problem. However, if needed, we can partner with surrounding cities like Olympia which has developed an outstanding homelessness outreach program.