Intelligent. Capable. Accountable. Responsible. Ethical.
As Mayor, my goals are:
- Develop Beckley into a truly “business friendly environment with focus on efficiency and strategic community developments
- Continue to invest in technology to improve transparency at city hall by working closely with the Information Technology Services Department
- Continue to address the following social concerns: veterans; homelessness; poverty; opioid epidemic and corona virus
- Seek innovative solutions to manage the budget
- Provide and ethical and respectful voice to the community (open-door policy)
- Work together with city council members, city boards and commissions (Beckley Beautification Commission; Board of Zoning Appeals; Common Council; Historic Landmark Commission; Housing Authority; Building Authority Commission; Human Rights Commission and Planning Commission) I will review the current intergovernmental agreements which are in place, possibly adding agencies.
- Work closely with the WV Municipal League on legislation and how they impact local government
Economic development is one of the many challenges that face the city. It is important for me to build entities with other agencies to attract businesses to this area, especially the Chamber of Commerce, WVU/Tech and New River Gorge Development. WVU/Tech is an integral part of our community. The can play a major role in attracting businesses to our city, especially with the engineering program.
Community Development Block Grants (CBDG) are important initiatives for the city. The Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation report (CAPER) and the Environmental Review Record (ERR) will be reviewed for developmental activities.
I will review purchase documents of the Historic Black Knight Country Club. The citizens of Beckley should be informed of the assets and liabilities of the purchase of this building.
There are over 20 state maintained roads in the city limits
Crescent Road; Harper Road; Industrial Drive; Johnstown Road; Maxwell Hill Road; Eisenhower Drive (North/South); Kanawha Street (North/south); Robert C. Byrd Drive; Rural Acres Drive; Grey Flats Road; Pinewood Drive/from Maxwell Hill Rd. to Robert C. Byrd Drive); Second Street; South Fayette Street (from 5 corners to Raleigh Hill); South Oakwood Ave.; Teel Road; Pikeview Drive; Third Avenue; and West Neville Street (from Robert C. Byrd Avenue to lower section of Harper Road)
Why are some of these roads unpaved? I will work with Beckley Sanitary Board to address the storm water problems in the city. Roads cannot be paved until the storm water problem is rectified. Sidewalks are in dire repair.
I will continue to review the Home Rule proposals implemented by city council.
As citizens of Beckley, you deserve a voice. I will have an open door policy. Prior to council approving major expenditures and making decisions, the community should have a voice. It is important to me to maintain an open transparent dialogue with the citizens of Beckley. I will work to ensure everyone has a voice and your concerns are addressed timely and appropriate.
To have a voice technology needs to be improved. Citizens can have access to council meetings via cellular telephone, television and social media.
As a former police officer, I will place safety as a high priority. With the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, I would like to improve the stigma of Beckley being unsafe to reside. We must work on improving the current initiatives to address prevention, treatment and enforcement. In addition working with different agencies in law enforcement, and treatment to combat the opioid epidemic. My military experience as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological Nuclear Senior Instructor has prepared me to work in any environment including this pandemic. I will work closely with doctors and health providers, including Beckley Raleigh County Health Center for answers in handling this crisis. I will consider appointing a Health Commissioner for the City of Beckley. It is important for our first responders to have the available equipment and training necessary to handle their duties.
Development of Real Estate Property
Work closely with Code Enforcement to ensure property owners are being responsible for the upkeep of their properties. Working with our state representatives to enforce real estate laws of owners who reside outside of city limits.