Statement for the Outlook
For four years I have served Kensington 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.
I led a private-public partnership which completed a beautiful renovation of our 65-year old community center $80,000 under budget, and brought it up to today’s seismic safety, accessibility and energy efficiency standards.
I’ve worked hard over my term to hold the police accountable to higher standards of professionalism. I was a key vote in hiring a turn-around expert police chief who helped shift the culture of our police department. Over the past year, the KPD has refocused on residents’ top concerns: traffic safety, crime prevention, community engagement and emergency evacuation. I strengthened police accountability by voting for body-worn cameras and pushing for revised use-of-force policies.
I have made tough but smart choices to stabilize our finances for the long haul. I’ve established a “rainy day” fund, reined in medical inflation costs with our new police contract, and refinanced our police pension debt, saving taxpayers nearly $2 million. I pushed to restructure our District’s administration so it operates professionally and efficiently.
For the first time in its 70+ year history, Kensington has an experienced, civilian General Manager (GM) who executes on the town's priorities with no conflict of interest. I fulfilled my promise to separate the role of GM from the Chief of Police just three months into my term.
We’ve made great strides over the last four years and we can’t go backward. If re-elected, I will ensure the continued safety of our community with essential law enforcement services and will:
invest in Kensington Park, the jewel of our town
make food composting a reality
ensure our Police and Fire departments are housed in a single Public Safety Building
improve KPPCSD-sponsored programming to help older adults lead vital and connected lives as their needs change
You can count on my experience and judgment for a well-operated, resilient and responsive Kensington. Join my campaign at www.Sylvia4Kensington.com