Years at Loveland: 41
Professional experience: Retirement. Previously Field Engineer for a Safety Certification Company, Laser Optics Lab Assembly Technician, Warranty Repair Technician, and Radar Technician and Operations Analyst in the US Air Force.
Education: Associate in Liberal Arts at Aims Community College; associate of science at Northland Pioneer College; studied at Colorado State University, Iowa Wesleyan College, and Coe College.
Family: Wife Debbie, adopted sons Dylan and Alex, biological son Zachariah Kennedy at birth, sister Diane Stone, brothers-in-law Mark Stone and Bill Sitton, and nephew Preston Stone.
1) What could the city do to improve the quality of life in your particular neighborhood? How would you, as a counselor, help accomplish this?
Adding mental health response teams capable of responding to mental health crisis situations in Ward II 24/7 to the tools used by the Loveland Police Department would go a long way in improving the quality of life in the service. Acquiring a floodplain property at First Street and Taft Avenue and transforming it into an extension of the River’s Edge Natural Area with certain amenities would not only benefit the neighborhood but also the look and feel of the Taft Corridor. . To achieve this, I would work collaboratively, in consensus, and in partnership with members of City Council, City Manager, Parks and Recreation Department, Parks and Recreation Commission, Loveland Police Department, SummitStone, the Center Mountain Crest Behavioral Health Center and Larimer County. a behavioral health facility is expected to open in 2023 to achieve common goals.
2) Under what circumstances would you support the use of financing tools, such as bonds or certificates of participation, to finance capital projects? When would you prefer the city to pay cash in advance?
I would favor the use of municipal bonds for capital projects like a new recreation center or library center and I would rarely be in favor of using certificates of participation to fund such a project. The term of the debt would always be part of my consideration. In the case of structural improvements such as providing better vehicle exhaust ventilation for a fire station, I would go for cash payment up front as long as this is the safest solution at the least. cost to the taxpayer.
3) Are there groups in Loveland whose voices you think are currently under-represented and that you would like to represent specifically if elected?
Most certainly, BIPOC, LGBTQ +, single parents, young people and working poor. I would specifically represent the voices of all the people who live in Ward II with integrity and honesty.
4) Over the past year, the Town of Loveland has faced and resolved several lawsuits against the police resulting from alleged incidents of excessive force. Do you believe that there is a culture of tolerance for excessive force within the Loveland Police Department? What changes, if any, do you think should be implemented to improve the service?
With a $ 3 million settlement as well as at least two other settlements, and more pending, I can no longer call these incidents alleged. The police department has a problem. Whether this is the result of an indoor culture that requires uprooting, or, if it is management issues, requiring reform solutions, is a question to be answered. The entire department and the community should be involved in finding solutions that will eliminate the harm done to a 73-year-old grandmother with dementia or a 19-year-old victim of violence in the midst of a mental health crisis. The changes should include my answer to the first question above – Mental Health Response Teams deployed across the city, dispatched directly, not involving an officer unless absolutely necessary. Thorough training and make training documentation open to the public and accountable. Make hiring and auditing practices open to the public and accountable. Full transparency. We can do a lot better and the community deserves it.
5) What do you think is the most important long-term challenge that Loveland will face over the next four years?
Increase the inventory of truly affordable homes and apartments so that teachers, single parent families, our young beginners and low income residents can have the opportunity to reach out and fulfill the American dream of homeownership as well as personal economic stability.