1. What are your qualifications for this office? (75 words or fewer)

1. What are your qualifications for this office? (75 words or fewer)


In addition to the legal qualifications as listed in the City’s Charter, I have a strong working knowledge of the governing and budget processes in the city. I also have good working relationships with the Management Team for the City of Sherman. In addition, I believe that my background in Law Enforcement and Emergency Management policies and practices would be an asset to the City Council.


2. Why are you seeking this office? (75 words or fewer)


I’ve served our community for 31 years as a police officer, the last 8 years as the Chief of Police. My run for this position is an extension of my desire to serve our community. I’ve vested a lot of time in Sherman, my roots are here, and I want to do my part to help it thrive and grow and be a place where every citizen is proud to call it their home.


3. What are the two most important issues facing the city of Sherman in the coming year? Please explain. (100 words or fewer)


As Sherman grows, we must maintain our conservative approach to the fiscal challenges we will face. Our financial standing is critical. This will require us to look for innovative ways promote that growth and to provide city services in the most efficient and cost effective way.


Most of us remember the devastation of the floods we’ve endured over the past 20 to 30 years. I believe we should start a realistic approach to implementing long range flood control remedies so we don’t have to "hold our breath" every time we experience heavy rains. We can do something about it.


4. What is your position on raising property taxes to help fund the city’s Capital Improvement Projects? Please explain. (100 words or fewer)


I am not in favor of raising property taxes. However, if that were to become an issue, I would only be in favor of raising them after:


• a thorough assessment of the need for the Capital Improvement Project(s) (CIPs)


• a thorough assessment of the available funding


• a rigorous prioritization of the CIPs


If, and only if, the above process took place, AND all CIPs were considered essential or critical, would I consider raising property taxes.


Related


Early voting starts Monday; list of polling places


League of Women Voters election guide


LWVG — Lawrence Davis, candidate for Sherman City Council, District 1


LWVG — Steven Ingram, candidate for Sherman City Council, District 1


LWVG — Jim Travis, candidate Sherman City Council, District 3


LWVG — Tom Watt, candidate for Sherman City Council, District 3