During my tenure as a Commissioner, I have addressed a wide range of financial, infrastructure and other community issues. Key achievements include: reductions in operating costs; reductions in property and business taxes; reductions in long-term debt; the adoption of zoning measures that support business opportunities and protect residential neighborhoods; the renovation of 21 town streets and related sewer and storm water drainage systems; waterfront improvements; expansion and improvement of town parks; completion of the nature trail; and establishing curb-side re-cycling. None of these things, however, were achieved without collaboration within past and present commissions and effective working relationships with county and state agencies.
If re-elected, I will continue to promote:
- More effective communication and transparency to ensure government accountability for actions and decision-making. This will include:
- Developing a more informative, up-to-date and interactive web-site; adopting a strengthened ethics ordinance and financial disclosure requirements for elected officials as recommended by our Ethics Board.
- Fiscal actions that support our current and future financial and economic stability to include:
- Investment in tourism; the adoption of measures, including short-term incentives, to encourage business expansion and development; additional reductions in employee benefit costs by transferring out of the State retirement system to a 401k plan; multi-year budget planning for small capital projects or purchases; and maintaining the reserve fund created from the sale of the electric utility.
- Infrastructure improvements that address community-wide needs. In the near-term this includes:
- Completion of the last phase of the street renovation project and related sewer and storm water drainage system repairs; replacing and repairing damaged curbs and adjacent sidewalks along Talbot street; construction of a new public restroom facility at the head of Mill Street; replacing or otherwise stabilizing the collapsing bulkhead along the cove in Hollis Park.
- Maintaining an experienced, well-trained police force for the safety and security of our citizens and visitors. I strongly support:
- Staffing and equipping the police department to meet today’s community policing requirements; and maintaining police coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Policies that protect residential neighborhoods, encourage business opportunities and support non-profit organizations. To support and sustain a thriving, diverse, multi-generational community we must ensure policies:
- Acknowledge the needs of all segments of our community; respect the town’s history and character; and encourage the delivery of meaningful services to our citizens.
Prior to moving to St. Michaels full-time in 2002, I served for 27 plus years with the Central Intelligence Agency in the field of Human Resources, retiring in 2000. During my career I managed financial and employee resources and provided policy guidance on recruitment, staffing, retention and employee relations. I also conducted management inspections as a member of the CIA Office of Inspector General.