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SIX 4-year terms available.Vote for no more than SIX.
  • Aleda J. Brisbon

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    Vernita L. Duvall Sales Executive

  • Perry Earl Jr.

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    Janiece Gage Interior Designer (Commerical/ Residential) current status,Formerly employeed by National Bank of Detroit - Fraud Investigator / Operations Analyst C, 23 yrs.

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    Mattie McKinney Hatchett Retired Educator

  • Kiesha Jones

  • Rosie Lance-Richardson Chairman of the Pontiac Public Library Board

  • Holbert Maxey Retired USA

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    Malkia M. Newman Team Supervisor, Community Network Services Anti-Stigma Program

  • Melanie Sharee Rutherford

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Biographical Information

Please provide biographical information and explain why you are running for City office and relevant qualities and skills you would bring to the position.

What are the top 3 Priority Issues that the city should address and what actions would you take regarding each of them?

Executive Benefits Consultant, Patterson-Bryant, Inc.

Vernita is a graduate of The University of Michigan with a BA in English and Communications. She has traveled extensively abroad and studied in Salamanca and Madrid, Spain.

Vernita is a proud member of Welcome Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as President of the Civic Committee Ministry. Vernita also serves as Co-Chair of the Committee of 50, which is an organization of community and business leaders involved in discussing, developing, and executing solutions for the City of Pontiac. She is a former President of the Pontiac Rotary Club. Vernita is constantly recruited and considered for several Boards and distinguished appointments. She recently served on two transition teams for the City of Pontiac’s new Mayor. Vernita is currently an elected official holding an office as Treasurer, City of Pontiac Public Library Board.

Vernita is an avid reader, loves to travel, and enjoys professional networking. Her education, experiences, personality and commitment to community makes her an ideal asset.
I Represent the Pontiac Public Library.

The 3 issues we need to address are:

A satellite Library that's located on a different side of town

A book mobile to get to seniors and handicapped patrons

Consistently advanced technology
I am a lifelong resident of Pontiac, born and raised here. A high school graduate of Pontiac Northern High School, with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. I began my adult work experience with the bank where I worked twenty- three years and worked in a number of positions balancing accounts and payrolls. I offer my professional experience as well as fifteen plus years as a volunteer service worker in the community.
My first concern would be to make sure our library is financially sound. Where it can support its structural needs hoping it can become a state of the art library one day. I'd also review daily operations and programs offered to the residents. These are things that should be done with minimal support from sponsored events. The first step to this process would be to meet with the board members and review the past financial expenses adjusting as needed. Secondly develop fundraising programs that will bring in large sponsorship members and partners. And I'd utilize the help and support from the library staff for their input. Another priority I'd like to focus on is the continuous training of computer programs, making sure we have the most up to date reading material and technology. I'd like to see such computer programs as Dragon added to our training program which would assist people with special mental and physical needs. I'd make myself available to assist with the training if needed. And I'm concerned about the care, and preservation of the historical documentation on our city.
EDUCATION: • BS in Elementary Education o Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH • Masters of Arts in Teaching o Oakland University, Rochester, MI • Education Specialist Degree in Administration o Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES: • Deputy Mayor of the City of Pontiac • Coordinator of School and field Services at Oakland University • Curriculum Consultant • Director of Student Services • Assistant Principal of a Junior High School • Supervisor of Pupil Personnel • Elementary School Principal • Oakland County Commissioner for District #10 for twelve years • Past vice-president, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Club, Inc. • Past Chairperson of the Pontiac General Hospital Building Authority • Member, Society of Afro-American Police • Member, Citizen District Council I • Member, Golden Opportunity Club • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority • Member, National Congress of Black Women

I am running to provide additional multi-media, educational services, and increase community involvement at the library.
1. Finances: Willing to find additional financial resources to provide additional services, funding toward a new facility, and focus on financial stability.

2. Capital Improvement: The Library building is outdated and need serious capital improvements. For example, the heating and cooling system and other building infrastructure needs.

3. Community Involvement: We need to increase the participation with the community through providing additional services that appeal to the community.
I am a member of the Michigan Library Association and American Library Association. I am an educator, certified teacher, special education, and school administrator. I have been a resident of the City of Pontiac for over 50 years. I am the proud mother of four children (including twins) and two grandchildren. I am vested in our community.

The relevant qualities and skills I bring to the Pontiac Public Library as a trustee are important. The most pertinent qualities are my attendance to appropriate American Library Association and Michigan Library Association conferences and workshops related to duties and responsibilities of a library trustee. I work as a well-versed advocate in literacy, contract negotiations, budget allocations, administration, and community relationships. I am an active member of the Lion’s Club, Oakland Literacy Council, Oakland University Kresge Library, School of Education, College Readiness and Parent University, special needs programs, and related community organization partnerships and sponsor mote literacy until satellite and mobile libraries
The top 3 Priority Issues the city should address are supporting the library in promoting events, patrons need to utilize library services and find ways to support displaced individuals to reduce itinerant at our library.

The actions needed to resolve our issues are allowing public access to promote information on local access television, finding ways to engage displaced individuals in gaining and regaining life skills. Changing the climate and culture for our library will enrich the current and future environment of our library.
I worked in the school district city of Pontiac for over 10- years as a Professional Certified Sub-Teacher, in addition, inclusive of Supervisor, coordinator for after school,programs, and private education contractor- At Risk Students( behavior modification program). I voluntetered for community- school advovate- and special assignment programs in the cirriculum and evaluation program. I,am and currently an Community Activist -covering a period of over 35- years +, additionally, I currently serve on and with four non- profit organization as a member of finance team. I have a total of 15+ years of finance background, that I bring to the Pontiac Library Board.
(1) Medical/ mental health service for all,citizens/

(2) Education/ workforce development programs - beginning with 18- year olds high school grads- Education work/ workforce development programs for laid- off workers (skill training), single female - moms- special- work force skill program-.

(3) One stop shop with-unlimited resources to,meet the needs of the citizens- inclusive of business-/ business development info- data based-in the area of research and development / educ/ info inclusive of K- grades/ middle and senior school-thru-college.. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

EXECUTION| Use identified resources that directly address the aforementioned needs:: Use intern scholarships/ paid- un- paid, use established business-exp) in areas of construction prog's- med- prog's In service based-using -2-yr colleges/ for certifications/apprentiships- prog's/,.Use Pontiac Promise-zone- Pay- 2/4 yr Colg-(free)-use identified job needs thru- media..
I am running for a seat on the Pontiac Library Board because I feel my experience with and knowledge of Parliamentary Procedure and Board Governance, coupled with my ability to work well in team settings, will be an asset to the Pontiac Library.

I’m a native of Pontiac, Michigan and a product of the Pontiac School District residing with my husband Dubrae in the home that we purchased in 2012.

My civic activities include: 2007 to present Board Member, Oakland Community Health Network, (formally known as Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority), where I have served 2 terms as Board Chair and 2 terms as Vice Chair

2002 – 2006 Board Member, Pontiac Housing Commission, where I served 2 terms as Vice Chair

2013 to present Ordained Minister currently serving on the Ministry Staff of New Birth International Church, 124 W. Columbia Ave. Pontiac, MI

1998 to present Member of the Oakland County Chaplaincy Program providing Christian Education to women housed at Oakland County Jail

I believe that the top 3 Priority Issues for the Pontiac Library are:

1. The Library Board needs to develop a better working relationship with the Library Director so that she can achieve the goals and objectives that she’s been given by the board.

2. The Library Board needs to review and develop additional policies and procedures that assist in accomplishing the previous objective if needed.

3. The Library Board needs to develop ways to get more input from citizens and other stakeholders to help develop programs and services that meet the current needs of library patrons.


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