Accomplishments


SECOND TERM, January 2009 – January 2013

  • Left $81 million in property taxpayers’ pockets
  • Refused campaign contributions from special interests, lobbyists, and county contractors
  • Spearheaded money-saving Community Health Screening program
  • Reduced cost of Ada County’s trash contract by $750,000
  • Funded the county justice center’s Executive Director position
  • Chaired the Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee
  • Reduced parking rates at the Ada County courthouse
  • Teamed with ACHD and ITD to install signal and crosswalk in front of courthouse
  • Identified the need for security cameras in unsupervised jail classrooms for instructor safety
  • Purchased foreclosed foothills land linking Ridge-to-Rivers trails to the Avimor trail system

FIRST TERM, January 2001 – January 2003

  • Prompted a $6 million property tax rebate by revealing, and objecting to, the county’s $20 million slush fund
  • Saved $7 million for taxpayers on an emergency radio system by questioning the initial, more costly, proposal
  • Saved $412,000 a year (ongoing) on pre-sentence investigators
  • Called for replacement of a life-threatening 9-1-1 dispatch system months before all other local leaders
  • Objected to Lariat Productions’ takeover of Les Bois Park, which turned harmful almost immediately