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Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner Position No. 1

6-year term; No salary. A Fire District is responsible for fire response and containment and for emergency medical services. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional fire chief and fire district personnel. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any fire levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing your fire district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

Phone (509) 999-7152
Town where you live Veradale, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Business Owner, VP of Operations for Practice Management Medical Billing Company, Financial Controller for Boeing International AWACS Program, Industrial Engineer for Boeing 757 Program, Quality Engineer for Advanced Input Devices a Keyboard Manufacturing Company, US Navel Reserves.
I was honored to be appointed to the Spokane Valley Fire Department Board of Fire Commissioners in July of 2016. I want to continue to make sure the department is fiscally responsible with our tax dollars and continue maintaining and improving the services the Spokane Valley Fire Department provides.
1. Developing a strategic plan for the next five to ten years. 2. Continued fiscal responsibility due to annual reduction in levy funds. 3. Continued improvement of response times.
Developing a strategic plan for the next five to ten years that helps maintain fiscal responsibility.
My education and business experience, at Boeing using lean management skills and as a successful business owner, are some of the unique qualities I bring to the Board of Fire Commissioners. I also have nine years of volunteer service as a member and team leader with Spokane Valley Fire Department's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Fire Corps. I also served eight years in the Naval Reserves.
Phone (509) 255-6435
Town where you live Liberty Lake, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Civics Teacher, 49 Years Liberty Lake Property Owners Past President Liberty Lake Trails Committee Watershed Committee
The lives and safety of Valley citizens and their property was at the forefront of my decision making when deciding to run for Fire Commissioner, Spokane Valley (Position 1). I have a great deal of background, talent, and knowledge that will help carry out my desire to create a safer community.
I’ve spoken with many citizens, firefighters, and other first responders, and it has become clear that we have many topics that need addressed to ensure the safety of our community. The first is railroad crossings. We need to review railroad conditions, and work to develop more over/underpasses to allow for better emergency response times. The second issue is urban sprawl. Our community needs better planning and station placement to ensure that we have adequate protection throughout the region. Finally, I feel that we need to listen to firefighters, medical personnel, and emergency responders. They work in the field, placing themselves in harm’s way; we need leaders who are willing and able to listen to the people who are actually working to ensure our safety.
The most urgent issue, in my opinion, is the communication and relationship between firefighters and other emergency workers, and their leadership, such as the fire commissioners. For too long, we’ve neglected community needs and the interests of the people that reside and work within it. We need infrastructure improvements, we need planning adjustments, and we need responsive leadership. Open, honest dialogue between all concerned makes all of this possible.
I have a great deal of unique experience that qualifies me for this position. I am a long time resident of the community, having lived in the Valley for 67 years. I’ve taught in our schools, instructed our kids, and have a strong understanding of our community ethic. I’ve worked tirelessly to improve our community, working to form new sewer and water districts, serving on the Watershed Committee, and helped create suburban trails on the Liberty Lake Trails Committee. I taught Civics for 49 years at Central Valley High School, where I developed mentorship programs between students and those in the justice system, and was awarded the Flame of Democracy awarded by the Washington Bar Association. I believe in our community, and I know I can help make us safer. I appreciate your vote of confidence. logo


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