Fellow citizens of Van Buren Township, it is with great humility that I am announcing my candidacy as a Democratic candidate for the office of trustee.
The need for competent leadership in Van Buren Township has never been greater. We cannot afford to carelessly elect individuals lacking the requisite skill sets needed to positively impact our community as members of the governing board.
Regrettably, some members currently serving on the board have been remiss in their responsibilities to carry out their duties in a manner that leaves no doubt as to their willingness to act in the best interest of the residents of Van Buren Township.
This is demonstrated by their misguided approach to increased taxation based on their disingenuous claim of needing money for Public Safety. The residents of Van Buren Township deserve honest and transparent leadership. It is as simple as that. When our elected public officials show us who they really are, it behooves us to believe them and act appropriately with regards to them moving forward.
Throughout my life I have been totally committed to public service. I served in the United States Navy for four years during the Viet Nam War while holding a Top Secret clearance. And, I am proud to be a Viet Nam War Veteran.
My career path in public safety spans over 35 years with a focus in law enforcement. As a police officer with the Detroit Police Department I advanced through the ranks to lieutenant and commanded several key units, some of which were: Commanding Officer of 12th and 10th Precinct Investigative Operations, Commanding Officer of the Western District Investigative Operations, Commanding Officer of the Western District Investigative Operations, Squad Leader of the Homicide Felony Murder Squad and the Use of Fatal Force Unit.
Upon retiring from the Detroit Police Department, I served as a Special Agent with the Federal Investigative Services Division for five years conducting background investigations on individuals seeking positions with the federal government involving National Security and/or Public Trust. I also served as a member of the Van Buren Township Public Safety Committee.
My educational background consists of a Bachelor Degree of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Technology and a minor in Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree of Interdisciplinary Technology with a focus in Police Management from Eastern Michigan University.
I am also a graduate of Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command. I also graduated from the Federal Investigative Services Division, Special Agent Academy.
Dedicating myself to public service has always been a choice for me, guided by Humility, Ability, and Integrity. I know who I serve and I humble myself to the task. I prepared myself to serve through education and experience, and I will not compromise my integrity at any cost. Therefore, I sincerely ask that you support me with your vote on Aug. 2, 2016.
Van Buren Township