I have worked for the City of Kelowna for the past 20 years, and I’m currently in a senior management position providing leadership, direction and management to a diverse group of staff, charged with optimizing the life and utility of all Civic, Recreational and Leased buildings. Responsibilities include capital renewal planning, energy management, project management, private security services, building security, budgeting etc.
I started thinking about running for Mayor a couple of years ago. As I started having conversations about my interest it was clear there was support, but more than that, it was clear there was an appetite for a change in leadership. Over the past few years, speaking to townspeople and paying attention to the issues, I’ve come to understand the challenges facing the Town, learned some of the history behind the Town and how decisions have impacted the community.
My family has deep roots in the community, a community where I am already an active volunteer. This year I will provide leadership as Head Coach for the South Okanagan Bantam hockey team.
Running for Mayor is a natural fit with my leadership skills and extensive municipal experience. The experience gained working with private security providers, a 300+ CCTV network and participating on Kelowna`s Coordinated Enforcement Committee will be extremely valuable helping to address the complex issue of public safety. Other priorities are a strong economy, strong financial management and a healthy active community.
Bottom line, I would bring a lot of experience, skill and a new perspective to Council. Coupled with my passion for public service, I’m a good fit for Mayor and its an opportunity to give back to the community. Another key factor is that I’m retiring and I will have all the time needed to make sure the Town gets the attention it deserves from a Mayor.