Q. Are the actions of committees more/less important than the actions of city council as a whole?
A. I think local committees complement the city council with the end goal of meeting the needs of the city. Committee actions can provide the city council with invaluable supplemental information necessary for council members to make educated decisions that impact our community.
Q. Should committee minutes and actions be posted on the city's website?
A. Yes, I believe by making minutes and actions readily available to the public creates transparency and allows for a more informed community and better decision making process.
Q. Should city department heads be required to give in-person quarterly reports to a full council?
A. Yes, for three main reasons: One; quarterly reports keep everyone informed and hopefully on track, minor issues can be identified before they become major ones. Two; all departments represent the city and its citizens, if there is an issue either good or bad, the department head should be the one standing in front of the council either addressing the concern or taking the praise. Three; it provides a two-way open line of communication. If help is needed within a department it can be requested and also gives council members an opportunity to learn more about each department.
Q: In your opinion, what are the critical issues facing Glasgow over the next two years?
A: The economy is the biggest issue facing all cities. When the economy gets better there is more tax money to do more and do better things. Also, there is a major drug problem. That has to be addressed.
Q: If elected, what are the measures you will propose in order to address these issues?
A: We already have an IDEA director who is working hard to find industry for our city.