Emergency Management Planner, Siletz Tribe and current member of the Newport City Council. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Newport on the Newport City Council for the past four years. I believe that Newport is the best city and would like to keep it that way by serving as Mayor for the next two years.
City of Newport: Retired Police Sergeant, Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff
Linn-Benton Community College: Administration of Justice, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training: Middle Management Certificate, FEMA courses ICS200, ICS300, ICS400
Prior Governmental experience:
Newport City Council, Council President, Newport Police 30 years as Officer, Sergeant, and Interim Chief of Police, Lincoln County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Lincoln County Public Safety Coordinating Council, Lincoln County Emergency Food and Shelter Committee, Board Member Newport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Issues I have worked on over the past four years:
• Helped to establish City Council Town Halls where Councilors and residents talk directly about specific issues they face in their neighborhoods.
• Met with small neighbor groups to discuss a particular problem in their part of town by bringing city staff and citizens together to get solutions they all could agree on.
• To see that large controversial issues have input from the entire community.
• Worked with the regional transportation committee to get over $2 million for projects here in Newport.
• Worked with the city’s tourism grant task force to allocate and monitor $1 million in local projects like the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, OMSI, sea lion docks, and other projects designed to bring in more tourist dollars.
• Worked to help provide more affordable housing for our local workforce.
When issues occur I rely on my background to fully investigate the issues, be responsive to all sides and use all available resources to resolve them in a timely manner.
MY GOALS AS MAYOR:
1- To establish a regional economic development director position to bring jobs and businesses to Lincoln County paid for by all local governments.
2- To increase residents participation by establishing social media and twitter resources for residents to get current information and to give feedback to the city.
3- To work with the Marine Science Center, the Community College, OSU, OMSI, NOAA and the local school district to bring marine science professionals to our local schools. To encourage and support the School District’s Ocean Literacy Initiative.
4- To work with groups to find ways to increase our student’s knowledge and encourage them to get higher education and to see that they’re able to continue living here by being hired for rewarding professional careers.
5- To work with local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to enhance local development and to look for additional economic development possibilities.
6- To work with the businesses and residents of South Beach to move to increase traffic flow and access to areas including the new OMSI camp. These projects have been set in motion to eventually make South Beach a more vibrant place to live and work in.
7- To move forward on the under grounding of overhead power lines for beautification in the north Highway 101 and Highway 20 corridors.
8- To find grants and other funding sources to establish storage of food, water, and shelters around town in the event of a disaster.
I believe that my experience in over 30 years as a police supervisor with the city gives me an understanding of the work that can be accomplished by the city’s great staff. Serving on the council the past four years has given me the knowledge to handle the more complicated and sometimes politically tough decisions. I have also worked hard at building consensus when dealing with complex issues to find the best solution for everyone.
I will not be seeking any endorsements from any special interest groups for my campaign.
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