8354 East Ridge Drive, Pleasant Prairie
retired chief, Kenosha Police Department
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
1) What makes you a strong candidate for the Kenosha Unified School Board?
I believe I am a strong candidate for Kenosha Unified School board because I have leadership experience. As a retired law enforcement officer for the city of Kenosha of over 30 years, and the chief of police for 10 years, I know what it takes to work with others for the betterment of the city and its citizens. Leadership is not meant to be micro-managing, rather an approach that brings all parties to a discussion to solve tough issues and make sound decisions. My career afforded me the opportunity to work with various members of the community, and it is that experience that is needed right now on the board. KUSD is a phenomenal school district; students, taxpayers and educators deserve a phenomenal School Board, one that will lead.
2) What qualities would you most like to see in the next Unified superintendent?
Kenosha, like any other community, is unique. I would like to see KUSD hire a leader that is from this community, someone who knows our schools and someone who can surround themselves with the right people to do what is best for all students. Of course, integrity is at the top of the list for the attributes of a good leader. Our next superintendent will lead by example and work with the experts we already have right in our own backyard — the teachers.
3) If you could make one change in the school district, what would it be and why?
The one thing that I would change about the district would be the current “tone” that surrounds our schools, leadership and the board. I am looking to bring professionalism back to education. There has been too much partisan bickering, attention paid to special interest groups and not enough focus on education. Students, staff and taxpayers deserve no less than a board that is laser-focused on creating a tone in the community that students’ education truly is our No. 1 priority, and then making decisions that reflect that belief.