My goal is to work with all department heads to ensure that during the budget sessions we get real numbers and eliminate the increasing need for additional, non-emergency appropriations every month.
I will work with state legislatures to ensure that Elkhart County is being treated fairly in Indianapolis and to remind the legislature that other parts of the state – not just the “doughnut” counties – need assistance.
I will continue to work with all the local chambers and the EDC to ensure that Elkhart County remains a viable option for new and expanding businesses that are looking to make Indiana their home. I would also like to continue to work with these entities to further diversify the Elkhart County business community while still acknowledging and working hand in hand with our existing and dedicated RV industry.
I will be a partner to our public school districts, as well as to private schools, to help reverse the course of brain drain that is happening in our communities. Working to make Elkhart County a place that graduates not only want to stay in upon graduation but that they have the needed skills for the available positions.
I want to work with the other council members to see that the council meets every month, eliminating delays in funding – or worse, having funds spent by departments before they are approved.
I will work hand in hand with the County Commissioners to put a strong plan in place for the future of our county that includes an asset management plan for the sheriffs office, parks department, buildings and grounds and any department that has larger items that need to be replaced on any type of schedule to prevent the need for surprise large appropriations when items fail or fall into disrepair.