I’ve previously discussed my political plans elsewhere. At that time, I discussed my desire to help maintain West Brookfield’s strong finances and to help manage economic growth. As I’ve talked to an increasing number of West Brookfield residents, I would also add strengthening confidence in the quality of Town services as an important issue.
I think that there are two things that the Board of Selectmen could do to improve public confidence. The first is to build on efforts already made to improve communications between Town boards and the public. Part of that improved communication should include encouraging attendance at Town Meetings and participation on Town boards. The second thing is for the Board of Selectmen to institute professional goal setting and performance reviews for the department heads that report to the Board. The Selectmen should be holding the major department heads accountable for the services that their departments provide in a consistent, fair, and professional manner.
I am excited about this campaign. I am looking forward to talking with the people of West Brookfield about how we can manage and plan for the future. I moved to West Brookfield with my family because of the quality of life it offers. I hope to be part of what preserves this quality of life going forward.
One step that I am expecting to happen within the next few weeks is the launching of a campaign website. Stay tuned.