Éric is a retired manager with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Colonel, US Army Reserves. With FEMA Eric managed emergency management programs with Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. He’d led multiple presidential disaster responses. As a soldier, Eric was an Intelligence officer, a Green Beret and military Police Battalion Commander. He served in three deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He served for 34 years.
BA- History- Missouri State, MA- Geography-UNC-Charlotte, US Army War Collège, Carlisle Barracks, PA
32 Years FEMA, 34 years US Army, 2 years SMNW Advisory Board to Board of Education, 21 years Shawnee Planning Commission, Johnson County Charter Commission
13308 W. 56th Terrace, Shawnee, KS 66216
Due to years of inaction and neglect, Shawnee’s storm water drainage pipes are in severely deteriorated condition. Many pipe collapses, often resulting in street collapses are occurring. I intend to focus very strongly on improving our $140 million obligation to conduct these repairs. I feel that we need to make a limited expansion to our police and fire staffing levels. Right now there are to many times a fire truck deploys with 3 instead of the required 4 firefighters. We have blackout times with our police patrols as well due to sickness, injury, training, FMLA and so forth. Thirdly, we need to continue to build on the efforts already begun to bring the citizens into the process of setting priorities and direction for the city moving forward.
20+ years on city planning commission, 30 years at FEMA coordinating with State and local Governments and NGOs in assisting communities with wide ranging programs up to an including total community rebuilds. Chaired the Federal Regional Interagency Steering Committee for the entire Federal Region 7, Chaired the Federal Radiological Emergency Committee. These committees were tasked with enhancing the Federal Agencies’ response to Natural, radiological or terrorism incident response. I have over 30 years experience in leading and coordinating with people, agencies and organizations.
I would like to attract more single family affordable housing to Shawnee to attract young families. I would also like very much to see affordable housing for our seniors. Our community has a significant number of seniors seeking such housing and I would like to keep them near family and friend right here in Shawnee.
As the father of a gay son and brother of a gay brother, I have been up close and personal with gay issues for most of my life. I feel that human rights issues are not and issues to be resolved by a patchwork quilt of assorted and uncoordinated ordinances at the community level. I belief the same for gun right ordinances, abortion ordinances, global warming and many other issues that are being struggled with at the appropriate level- State and Federal level. These levels have an important document- a Constitution. Constitutions enumerate rights, not local ordinances. Religious rights are impacted significantly by this issue and to grant rights to one group while taking rights away from another does not work at the city level where there is no basic rights document- a constitution. I voted against the NDO ordinance in Council Committee and will again vote no at council meeting. Religious rights have not been properly addressed in the ordinance proposed.
I grew up in Olathe and graduated from Rockhurst High School. I then attended Iowa State University where I met my wife, Kellie. I left ISU with an Engineering degree. Kellie & I found our way back to KC to be closer to family.
Once in KC, I made the transition to renewable energy. I now work for a solar company in the KC metro. When Kellie and I were ready to buy our first home, we saw Shawnee as a great place to plant our roots and raise a family.
Rockhurst High School (KCMO)
Iowa State University (Ames, IA) - BS in construction engineering
Active member in Climate Action KC
1 - Economic development / revitalizing downtown Shawnee. I would love to turn downtown into something that we can all be proud of. I would like to bring in some more restaurants. In order to bring in more restaurants, we will need other Eco Dev such as office buildings to help increase the density and make Shawnee a viable option for restaurant owners looking to expand or start a business.
2 - Fixing our aging infrastructure. Our storm water pipes are aging. In several locations, they are close failure. While updating our storm water infrastructure may not be the most exciting project we undertake, its importance is paramount to being able to accomplish my first goal of Eco Dev and downtown revitalization.
3 - Expanding our trail system. Shawnee is a very charming community, many residents refer to its "small town feel" as an aspect that they love about our town. Young families moving to Shawnee are drawn to amenities such as a robust trail system.
I have an engineering background (BS Construction Engineering), which simply means that I am trained in the art of solving problems. I solve problems effectively, systematically, and practically.
Just like I am fixing up my home in Shawnee Village that has "good bones" I will use my engineering expertise to fix up downtown, which also has good bones but just needs some attention.
Working in the solar industry, I am uniquely positioned to use the skills mentioned above to help save taxpayers money while also deploying solutions to climate change. I like to think of my job in the solar industry as being at the intersection of Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainability.
We need to look at what it means for housing to be affordable. Housing is not affordable when it is built cheaply but has high energy costs and city planning requires occupants to have a vehicle to get around. We need to approach affordable housing in a way to takes into account the monthly costs for residents.
Energy efficient homes and apartments cost less on a monthly basis. An inefficient home can have energy costs that are hard to predict, which can make it even more stressful on a monthly budget.
Smart city planning may be able to eliminate the residents' need for a vehicle by making the area they live in safe and walkable. Residents will also need access to other transportation options for longer trips. If a resident can get to work, school, church, the grocery store, etc without having to own a car, we as a city have taken a significant step toward making our community affordable.
I am very proud that Shawnee adopted the proposed NDO in August of 2019. I supported the adoption of the NDO.