ran for City Council originally in 1997 with a major campaign
plank to explore and implement reform of how the council
conducted its business, under the banner of "streamlining
idea was to allow the Council to reorganize itself into
distinct 'committees', and have three council members
assigned to each of the defined major areas of business,
reporting back to the full Council with homework completed
and recommendations for actions in hand. By the end of
1998, the Council adopted and codified the Council Committee
form of governance. I have served since on the Finance
and Administration Committee, currently as Chair for the
sixth time. The 'committee' form of Council governance
has proved to be instrumental to the conduct of city business
all these years later.
the mayoral election cycle of 2001, I advocated for a
charter change of City government to a 'City Manager'
form of governance. In a size operation that Poulsbo city
government has become, with a $40 million dollar budget,
professional management is imperative, and will be explored
as a question again in the future, as a pledge of mine.
2003, under the leadership of the Finance and Administration
Committee, the city undertook an 'efficiency study' which
has resulted in the streamlining of city processes and
consolidation of personel, resulting in both reduced payroll
and benefit costs to the taxpayer, and more modern processing
of internal bookeeeping and accounting, with this years
purchase of a complete operating software and hardware
system. the return on investment of this purchase will
result in many dividends to citizens in the years to come.