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Derby City Council Member Ward 3

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  • Rick Coleman
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    Andrew Swindle
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How do you plan on continuing movement made in ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in City operations and projects?

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Personal Biography During the day I study issues related to groundwater and soils, and during the evening I enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids. On the weekends we enjoy visiting various parks, Sedgwick County Zoo, and walking our dogs Luke and Layla. I am committed to ensuring that Derby is a great place to live. As a council member I have an analytical approach to City issues and take the time to do research and collect information before making decisions.
Campaign Phone (316) 788-8965
Education Ph.D. in Geology – University of Oklahoma, 2013; M.S. in Geology – Oklahoma State University, 2003; B.S. in Geology – Oklahoma State University, 1999
Community/Public Service Derby City Council since 2017; Speaker at Sedgwick county special meeting over flooding related to high groundwater 2019; Various educational outreach programs with K-12 students from 2010 to present.
The three issues that I see as being immediately critical all deal with infrastructure and finance. Having robust city infrastructure and a solid financial foundation will ensure that Derby can provide quality services and maintain balanced growth in the future.
Derby has done a good job of ensuring we have a diverse, inclusive workforce. I will work to ensuring that we keep following our current commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
Privatization of government services is an issue to carefully consider, particularly if we’re discussing a service created with public funds. We want to make sure that citizens are getting quality services at reasonable prices, but we also don’t want taxpayers to cover the construction and/or development costs of a private for-profit company.
The City of Derby takes transparency very seriously. We use several forms of media to inform the public when meetings are taking place, and the results of the meetings afterwards. City Council meetings are open to the public, broadcast live, and available on demand on the city website.
All of these things impact quality of life, so I think the city has a roll to play in all of these issues. Derby has undertaken a number of initiatives over the last several years to improve the quality of life of our residents. Moving forward we have adopted our Vision Derby 2040 plan which is a blueprint for future growth that will allow us to grow our city in an equitable way for everyone, but also address issues related to health care, housing, and quality of life.
I have four years of experience as a member of the City Council and I’m familiar with the Derby vision, the plans put in place to ensure we achieve that vision as a community, and the obstacles that we’ll face along the way. I’m not just concerned about what’s good for Derby now, or what’s good for Derby next year, or even in five years. I’m also concerned with what needs to be done to ensure that Derby is still a great place to live for decades to come.