Meet the Candidates: Dennis McLean

Village of Salmo: McLean, Dennis – Mayor Candidate

  • Oct. 27, 2014 6:00 a.m.

I am running for Mayor of Salmo. I am 64 years old and Salmo has been my home town for 50 years, 45 of which I have shared with my wife and raised a family of three children. We presently have 4 generations of family here so I have a vested interest in Salmo doing well. Salmo for a town of about 1200 residents has an amazing amount of amenities, which make it a great place, and efforts need to be made to keep them all in place.

The day-to-day business of the town must operate smoothly and spending must be wise and responsible. The village staff must have a sense of security and  good morale. Recent staff turn over and restructuring has been questionable. A happy staff performs well. Good management will result in less legal costs.

In recent times harmony in the community has suffered, largely because of the changes in town and the secrecy of the reasoning. It has to be kept in mind who the boss is and that is the community.

There needs to be a mechanism of complete open communication with the community so that their needs are met and all stakeholders are on the same page and better understand why decisions are made the way they are.

The infrastructure needs to be a priority especially assurances that the sewage and water systems meet requirements, currently and ongoing. Curb appeal of the town is important and is mainly ongoing work for the village staff. Bylaws and enforcement, if managed properly, create an even playing field for everyone and contribute to a happier community.

I have an extensive employment history and a proven work record that I always get the job done effectively and efficiently. I have gained a wide range of knowledge and experience from my employment history. I have worked for small and large contractors in logging and mining. I’ve worked for many construction companies. I worked as a heavy duty mechanic for Finning Tractor (caterpillar dealer). I worked for ICBC in the compliance operations department. I worked for BC Hydro in power line construction. I’ve worked for various ministries with the Province of BC Government in enforcement programs (held Peace Officer Status) and Audit (ISO Certified) positions.

If on Nov 15 2014, I am privileged enough to be able to work for the community I will bring my common sense, diligence and dedication to do my part in keeping Salmo moving forward to be a great community. I mentioned my part because everything is done as a team effort and not any one person has all the decision making power.

I’m able, ready and willing to devote the time and energy required to serve the town and residents. I am a genuine person, I’m not looking for any fame or glory and my only agenda is for the town to do well.

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