Board of supervisors District F
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What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Washington County? How do you propose to address each of these? What in your personal experience has prepared you to help solve these issues?
Training workshops for elected officials are available through various agencies. Would you take advantage of formal training opportunities for county supervisors? If you have held office, have you already had any formal training?
Should Washington County and the Washington County Schools have a Capital Improvement Program to plan for needed renovations and new buildings? We are facing renovating/building a new courthouse, and many county schools are now over 50 years old.
If elected, would you make relevant decisions based on the county’s Comprehensive Plan? If you have reservations, please explain. Would you hire a county planner? (This position has been vacant for several years.)
What kind of economic incentives and other accommodations are you willing to provide commercial developers in support of county economic development? What factors or information would you consider important in making such a decision? Please explain in reference to the Board of Supervisors’ recent decision to give an admission tax to the developer of the expansion of the Pinnacle.
There will probably be a referendum on the November ballot regarding the Washington County Courthouse. Supervisors had to choose which option would be on that referendum by the end of July. (More information is on the website washcovacourthouse.com.) Which of the alternatives would be the best solution? If a new courthouse is built, what should be done with the old structure?
In 2018 the debt per capita in Washington County was $229 compared to the town of Abingdon’s $1,565. Do you feel that bonds can be created for a new courthouse or new schools?
Executive for Fortune 500 company and robust work experience
Volunteer for numerous non profits
Board member various agencies
Wife and 3 kids
Economic Development, School Funding & Public Safety
Generate additional revenues by aggressively and creatively recruiting industry and providing assistance to existing industries
I have a strong business background and have served as Supervisor and now Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
I have participated in formal training through VACO.
The county and school system are developing Capital Improvement plans and we are in constant dialog about them.
I have made decisions taking the comp plan into consideration and will work with planning commission upcoming term to revise it as required by state statute.
It is a case by case basis. Factors in play are risk, relative benefit to the county byway of revenues and benefits to the citizens. The decision for the Pinnacle was based on these factors.
The choice was not which option but only between options that required a courthouse move. The goal should be to provide a functional, safe facility with minimal negative impact to the entire county. We are studying and discussing uses for the courthouse building should the courthouse functions be moved out. The decision should be made collaboratively with all the stakeholders.
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