Why are you running for office?
As a resident of the district, I am looking to become more involved in the governing bodies in the area.
Why are you the best candidate for the position?
I am the best candidate because of my expertise in special district administration and management and financial management. As a CPA and CGMA, I have over 45 years of experience in auditing and managing nonprofits and governmental organizations and over 20 years of active management of special districts here in Colorado, and my company currently manages over 150 special districts that I work with, as well as being an experienced district manager and an active managerial and financial consultant for special districts. In 2004, I was awarded Special District of the Year in Colorado for operations excellence. I have extensive experience managing sewer and water districts.
What experience or expertise would you bring to the EMD Board?
Experienced special district manager specializing in water and sewer districts. Extensive experience in working with district engineers and consultants in the operation of facilities and the design, construction and implementation of projects as well as the project management. Over 45 years as a manager, CPA and auditor specializing in nonprofit and governmental accounting. Extensive project management experience for projects up to $85 million including the construction of pipelines, office facilities and outdoor wildlife habitats. My education includes degrees in accounting, business law, an MBA specializing in business management and my PhD work was in organizational performance and change adaptation and implementation.
What are the three biggest challenges facing the district?
Maintaining the appropriate funding for operations, maintaining the district’s assets, and maintaining an excellent and well-trained staff.
How do you propose tackling those challenges?
Careful review of the operations and finances of the district and implement change where it is deemed necessary.
What would you do to promote openness and transparency in government?
I would ensure that anything that I was involved with that did not constitute a breach of confidentiality, such as a personnel matter or something that was a violation of attorney-client privilege, was fully disclosed and open to public review and comment.
How should EMD respond to requests for water and sewer for large developments, especially when those developments are usually highly charged in the community?
The district should make extremely careful reviews of the requests and the water demands for the proposed communities as well as the infrastructure demands and ensure that the proposed communities can fully fund the development, and all costs and uses of resources that would be placed on the district.
As EMD has seen drought conditions for many years, how can EMD improve communication with constituents, so they follow the rules?
With new water meters, the district should be able to monitor water usage and able to note when there are excessive usages. This could prompt a notice to be delivered to residences. On a broader scale the use of more flyers and mailouts would be a benefit, especially if they are more descriptive of the problems and what alternatives are available.
Is there anything else you’d like voters to know about you?