Letter: Smith for fire board
I have announced my candidacy for the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) board of directors May 6 mail ballot election.
I served as a chief officer of the Fire District and retired in 2010. I now serve as a volunteer firefighter and EMT on the CRFPD.
My wife and I have lived in the Crystal Valley for 11 years and have lived in the area for over 20 years. I have three basic foundations for my candidacy. Those foundational beliefs are as follows:
First, I have dedicated my professional life to both developing and maintaining quality fire and emergency medical services. I have served as a chief officer and EMT on Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Aurora fire departments. I would work diligently to maintain quality services, including the Paramedic Ambulance Service on the CRFPD.
Secondly, I have significant, local, state and national experience and education. I have been appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper as well as the Garfield County commissioners to work on local, regional and state issues. In 2012, the governor appointed me to the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Committee (SEMTAC).
Finally, and of equal importance, I am pragmatic about spending taxpayer money. I believe in realistic and practical uses of “your” tax money. During my professional career, I have consistently developed master plans and effective budgets that respected the taxpayer. The difference between my approach on budgeting and the current CFD budget that is posted on the website, is the difference between an objectives-based budget as compared to the current basic financial spread sheet. The CRFPD budget meets state requirements but does not simply tell “exactly what are the CRFPD goals in 2014?”
I request your vote and that you mail in your ballot so that it can be received by May 6. I have “Experience that Counts.” My name is the last one on the ballot, “They saved the best for last.” Thank you for your vote.
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