Married, two adult children, one grandchild
Practicing attorney for over 34 years. Currently the clerk in Watertown Charter Township.
Eight years as elected Supervisor in Watertown Charter Township, appointed to Township Clerk position two years ago.
I have years of experience with the township, having served in many different positions. I spent 9 years on the Planning Commission before being elected Supervisor in 2004. I served as Supervisor for 8 years, then left township office, only to return two years later when appointed by the Board of Trustees to the vacant Clerk position. I have served on the Board of Trustees for the Looking Glass Regional Fire Authority since 2004. These years of experience have given me an opportunity to understand the workings of the township and the needs of its residents. As Clerk, I have administered several elections already and have made improvements in our local election process.
Our township has not had to raise taxes as a way to pay for road improvements. Our general fund monies pay for our local roads. Our ability to pay for road improvements through the general fund, without asking township residents to pay additional taxes, is a direct result of the careful financial management of the entire Board of Trustees.
Yes, I am.
I see no need for any changes to local township government structure.
From the perspective of the township clerk, I see two important issues regarding elections: 1) the adoption of no reason absentee voting, and 2) the reinstatement of straight party voting. Another important issue for the township is maintaining the clear and open communication that exists between the township and its residents through our township website and our newsletter.
It is not appropriate for the county to assume a larger role in providing services to township residents. I believe that the government level that is functioning most efficiently is the local township government. Township government is the level of government that gives the average person the ability to influence decisions at a local level and have an impact on their own lives and the lives of their neighbors. No one can administer services that affect a small geographic area better than the people who live there.
I think all of the services that are currently provided are extremely important to our residents. We have tried to prioritize services based on township resident surveys and other input from our residents, and to put our reduced tax dollars where they can be most effective.
We are not currently providing any services that can be cut, in my opinion. Any cutbacks of non-vital services were done when the economy first took a downturn, and I would not want to see any further reductions. We reduced staff, made cutbacks in the office, eliminated some park and recreation services, and otherwise trimmed the ares that were least important to our residents, based on resident input through a survey we conducted. Through our efforts, all vital services have been preserved.
I have never had any alimony or child support payment obligations. All of my tax obligations are current and up to date.