As Chautauqua County Executive- ….. I will be on a mission!
Just over 57 years ago, I fell in love with a place called Chautauqua. As a young kid from Ohio, I learned to swim here, play little league here, catch a fish here, and I learned to fly here. When I married my high school sweetheart, we spent our honeymoon here. Together with my wife and our two kids we traveled the world while I had the privilege to serve our Nation in the United States Air Force for 27 years. At my retirement ceremony at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, I told my fellow airman that I was returning to a place I love, called Chautauqua County. That was 15 years ago this month. Seems like yesterday to me.
While I was blessed to experience all that is wonderful in this great County, I also gained the opportunity to experience the challenges and struggles which our citizens face in times of hardship. My time as Director of the American Red Cross in Chautauqua County shined the light on a resilient people who suffered through house fires, storms, and floods. And I witnessed the generosity and compassion of our wonderful citizens who came to their aid with a hand up.
Over my public service in village and County government, I have understood that so many of us come from different viewpoints but we all want the best for those who live in Chautauqua County. However, we must have a vision to the future to determine how we will solve the challenges that we face in our economy and demographics. Our collective success will require building consensus around efficiency, productivity, shared services, opportunity, and economic development.
I am truly humbled by your support and emboldened by your commitment to our cause, and ready to lead a winning team to build a vibrant County where opportunity abounds for each and every one of us who desires success by accomplishing our personal best.
The mission before us is to create a culture of confidence
across Chautauqua County thru:
- lean government
- increased opportunity
- private sector growth