I believe that our county offers much to its residents, but we can always do more to improve the quality of life and increase employment, recreational and cultural opportunities. I have consistently pursued this agenda during my first two terms in office.
The fact that I had no previous "political" experience has proven to be of great benefit. It has enabled me to consistently challenge the status quo and avoid pressure from special interests. My operative questions have been and will continue to be, "How will my decision (on any issue) impact the residents of Dickinson County as a whole?", and "What is in their best interests?" Although not all have agreed with my position, I remain committed to this apporach.
I have been blessed with the desire, motivation, strength of character, enthusiasm, energy and the skill set required to be a competent and efficient Commissioner.
As Dickinson County Commissioner, my goal is to be responsive to the needs of people, supportive of businesses and to improve the functionality of county government. I will continue to pursue intitiatives that will benefit my county and my community.
Cooperatively passed balanced County budgets
Designated Grant Writer for Dickinson County
Actively promoted economic development for the County:
Envisioned, promoted and obtained approval for Michigan Showcase Trail Bike Route along US-2. Estimated economic impact for the southern UP: $$5 to $20 million annually. (Please see MI Showcase Bike Trail page)
Voted to establish a Veterans Court in Dickinson County to assist troubled veterans who are involved with the legal system to get help rather than incarceration.
With Planning Commission, updated the Five-Year Recreation Plan for Dickinson County, saving the County the expense of having it written by an outside agency.
Participated in Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) training to learn and network with other Commissioners.
Participated in Committees and County Activities as assigned (Please see Barb's Committees page) .
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