Opening Statement for KPOA-KIC Candidate Forum
For four years I have served you, my fellow Kensington residents, as a volunteer Director on the KPPCSD Board to make our town a safe, fiscally sustainable, and an enjoyable place to raise a family and age at home. I stand on my record of accomplishments and ask for your vote the privilege of representing you for another four years.
Just three months into my term, I fulfilled my promise to separate the role of District’s General Manager from the Chief of Police, eliminating an inherent impediment to good governance. For the first time in its 70+ year history, our District has an experienced, civilian GM who executes on the town’s priorities with no conflict of interest, and a separate police chief who is able to focus solely on public safety, crime prevention and law enforcement.
I was a key vote in hiring our turn-around expert police chief who helped shift the culture of our police department. I’ve worked hard over my term to hold the police department to the highest standards of professionalism in order to meet our community’s expectations and restore its trust in our dept. The KPD is fully staffed and has refocused on residents’ top concerns: emergency evacuation, traffic safety, and crime prevention. I strengthened police accountability by funding body-worn cameras and insisting on a policy governing their use before doing so, and pushing for revised use-of-force policies.
I have made tough but smart choices to stabilize our finances for the long haul. With my votes, we’ve established a “rainy day” reserve fund, reined in medical inflation costs with our new police contract, and refinanced our police pension debt, saving taxpayers nearly $2 million.
These are just a few of the great strides we’ve made over the last four years and we don’t want to go backward.
You can count on my experience, open-mindedness and sound judgment for a well-operated, resilient and responsive Kensington.