Work History: Baumgartner and Company Asphalt Services, Project Manager, 20 years; H&R Block Franchisee, ten years; United States Army Reserves, Retired 1st Sergeant
Family: Wife and two daughters.
What is a definitive step the county council needs to take?
The county council is the fiscal body of the county government. In this role, the most effective step that can be taken is to pass a sound, thrifty budget every year. Tipton County will have significant issues in the near future if the tax base of our county is not increased. Although the new jail is a much-needed community asset, how we pay for the on-going maintenance and, more importantly, how we pay for the additional staff that is needed to properly run this facility is very much an unknown. Another significant issue related to the new jail is the disposition of the old jail. As a designated historical structure, the sheriff’s residence is protected from demolition while owned by a public entity. However, the jail itself will need to be addressed. As we have been told by county officials, this jail is in bad shape and will need to be significantly renovated or completely razed. How much this will cost and where these funds come from has yet to be determined.
What can the county council do to improve the quality of life in the county?
I am a firm believer in sound economic and community development. County council members should be working in partnership with the County Commissioners in developing Tipton County into a better place to live, work, and play. In particular, I would like to focus on developing some of the natural areas that we as a county already own into much better community assets. At very low costs, we could develop property that we currently own, ex. the Kirkendall property and the former dump, into wonderful areas to hike and enjoy nature. This is the type of community development that this county is sorely missing. This type of community development would also make us more attractive to the young couples that we must attract and retain, if we want to grow and prosper.
Why should the electorate select you?
Although I have volunteered for multiple community boards such as the Tipton County Plan Commission and the City of Tipton Park Board, this is the first time I have ran for an elected office. I honestly think this is an advantage in this election. I will not be influenced by old biases and perceptions. Tipton County is on the verge of big changes and I am motivated to show up for work, put in the hours required, and to be part of these positive changes. My experience as a business owner and project manager, as well as my military experience, makes me uniquely qualified to help lead this county forward.