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Sheridan Rural Fire Protection District Position 4

Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 ) Qualifications: Candidate must be a registered voter or an landowner in the district. If the district has a supporting ordinance, employees of the district are not eligible. ORS 478.050Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74] In event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]

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  • Raymond Bottenberg
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  • Peter Gutbrod
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  • Raymond Watkins
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Biographical Information

How would you improve communication with the communities you serve, involving them in decision making, keeping them informed of district activities, and increasing fire awareness?

What experiences or skills do you have that will contribute to your service as a board member?

What innovative approaches to expand community fire safety programs would you support?

¿Qué experiencias o destrezas tiene usted que contribuyan a su trabajo como miembro de la junta?

[Sólo para los departamentos voluntarios de incendios] ¿Qué propondría usted para mejorar el reclutamiento y la capacitación de bomberos voluntarios? ¿Cuáles son las prioridades en un presupuesto limitado para equipos, vehículos y capacitación?

¿Qué enfoques innovadores apoyaría usted para ampliar los programas comunitarios de prevención de incendios?

Campaign Phone (public) (503) 435-9360
Town Where You Live Ballston area
Your Experience/Qualificatons Amity School District Board of Directors since 2007 35 years engineering and engineering management experience. Certificate in Public Management, Willamette University 2017
County Polk/Yamhill
Term 2021-2025
1. I would advocate for more transparency, so that big changes and proposals would not hit the community as surprises. 2. I would support having some board meetings at sub-stations, not just the main stations, and let the public know they're welcome. 3. When we're considering big changes I would advocate for the district to timely and meaningfully seek public input. This might include public work sessions, city council meetings, advertisements, board members and staff to communicate with the public, and any other ideas that fit our community. 4. I would advocate for timeliness and more accuracy in the district's website. 5. I would support efforts to improve fire awareness. It is important to make the effort to get a good understanding of what the public wants before making important decisions.
I've served on the Amity School District Board of Directors since 2007, so am familiar with how boards and their organizations work. During my tenure we made the change to a four day school week, which was a significant organizational change that affected parents, students, staff, and the community. According to all available research the change would support students' learning as well as the five day week, and results support this. We went through a public input process with multiple meetings and discussion of concerns, and as a board with this input we made the change. It was a good decision that fit the community well. Also during this time, we weathered the "great recession" without any staff layoffs through careful budgeting & accounting and good employee relations, and have been working hard to keep our facilities from accumulating deferred maintenance needs.

In my career I have 7 years of management experience addressing personnel, budget, and organizational issues.
1. Aggressively work to grow the volunteer ranks. 2. Reinstate the "sleeper" training program if possible. 3. Work through our legislators and organizations like Oregon Fire District Directors' Association and Oregon Fire Chiefs Association to advocate for rules and laws that work better for small fire departments, their volunteers, the "sleeper" training program and other training programs. 4. I would support any ideas that work for our community.
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