For 35 plus years, I have developed job skills that relate specifically to the operation of the City of Joplin.
I am someone new with a fresh honest approach, and not a member of any of the good old boy groups in any of the cliques. My experience is over 40 years of successfully business and management experience, including a period of auditing and examine management systems of businesses throughout the United States for a large nationwide concern. I can offer the Change that is necessary for this troubled time of our City with a strictly business professional approach. I will be independent and only beholden to the citizens of the City of Joplin. An example of something off the track is lack of performance to date, by the master planner, Wallace-Bajalli, yet we paid them $57,500 upfront for a paper transaction of donated land (10+/- acres) from Mercy Medical at McClelland and south of 26th St.
I have worked full time since I was 18 years old. My experience includes public relations and fund-raising positions at a non-profit hospital, customer service for a local utility, and a financial secretary position for a local labor union. I went to college as an adult, while maintaining two jobs and a household. In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership. I have a strong work ethic and just as significantly, and I am willing to stand up for what I believe is right. My education, work history and experience as a woman in business provide me with the ability to identify with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If elected, I will serve with respect, transparency and professionalism while offering enthusiasm and a fresh voice to represent citizens.
I am a working mom without financial ties to any business interests. I come from a local blue collar family and continue to represent the average person of Joplin. I personally understand how hard it is to make ends meet while raising a family and dealing with rising costs. I appreciate the need for affordable family entertainment, so that residents of Joplin can enjoy a high quality of living. Joplin is where I am raising my daughters and I want to keep Joplin the great place it is to raise a family and call home. As a mom, I want to see my children have the job opportunities within our community when they graduate college that will allow them to stay here and raise families of their own. I am proud to call Joplin my home and plan to make it the best it can be.
My recent votes have set me apart from other candidates. I voted NO to fire the City Manager and I voted NO to pay the entire investigators bill. I want to lead Joplin in a Positive direction by:
1. Remain focused on tornado rebuilding projects- Frequent public updates from Wallace-Bajjali
2. Economic Development- Positive job growth via:
a. New and existing industrial base growth in Joplin and region
b. Support of the Certified Work Force program
c. Focus on ways to promote job growth with existing business
d. Continue to partner with JACC and Joplin Prosperity to attract new business relocating to Joplin using tools like J-Hap new home incentive
3. Parks System- Support the Joplin Commons indoor Recreation Center Concept - Resolve traffic and parking issues at Grand Falls
4. Entertainment- Support new Minor league Baseball and Soccer Teams. Support discussions for Library/ Movie Theater project at 20th and Connecticut.
Like others who are seeking a seat on the Joplin City Council, I am extremely blessed to call Joplin home. It is my desire to have a part in molding and guiding our city as we look for more and better ways to make it an even greater place to live, work and raise a family. I believe my many years on various boards and commissions and my twelve years on the Council will help me to work with the other council members to accomplish the goals we jointly set. As was so evident after the storm of 2011, Joplin is made up of some very special people who believe in working together for the good of all, and I want to continue to have an active role in working with our citizens in moving Joplin forward.
I believe that as a member of a nine person council, all personalities and opinions are valid and important. I do believe that I add a perspective that would serve the city well. As and Edward Jones Financial Advisor I work intimately with business owners, employees, retirees, and students. Personally I have served on many boards, committees, and projects, and my family is very active in the community. My work life and personal life are deeply intertwined in the community. I also am very conscious of the legacy I will leave for the generations to come. I want those generations to look at the accomplishments we achieve with pride and thankfulness. The marriage of a candidate that is deeply intertwined to the community with one that is legacy minded creates a very valuable byproduct that seems to be missing lately. Accountability.
I am a seasoned member of the Joplin City Council, with sixteen years of service to all the citizens in the city. I have the knowledge & experience in the city operations, and budget processes. That says it all about Jim West.
I feel that I have the best interests of the city as my primary priority. As the mayor, immediately after the tornado I worked with City Manager Mark Rohr, the folks from FEMA, SEMA and others from around the region to analyze the best way to get back on our feet and begin to move the community forward. Not all of our initial solutions worked in the manner we envisioned. Through open communication and cooperation between city personnel, outside organizations and me, we identified the weak areas and focused on corrective actions rather than placing blame. That approach served the city well during my term as mayor and I believe it is the attitude necessary for the city to move forward.
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