My Plan for a Better Berkley

Dennis Hennen and Berkley Marquee I ran for Council in 2017 in large part because I felt a lack of serious opposition in our elections had led to complacent leadership where citizens were not listened to. Since then, we have seen an increase in interest in our city government. I believe this has led to better decisions for everyone. However, many of the issues I ran on still remain and continue to need improvement or constant vigilance.

My goals are to...

  • Listen to residents and business owners 
    No more calls to city council that go unanswered. I make every effort to listen and respond to all people and all points of views.

  • Improve communication
    I want to make sure residents are informed about the things that will impact them and that city documents are easy to get. The early sharing of information helps everyone to work together to find the best solutions for Berkley.

  • Make sure Berkley's codes are enforced
    Make sure everyone is held to the same standard and everyone is protected.
  • Provide education and training
    Make sure everyone in government, including our citizen volunteers, have the necessary training to effectively and properly do their job.
  • Be fiscally responsible
    Make sure the city's money is spent wisely and we have plans in place for the long term care of our assets. Ensure we only take on new obligations if we can afford them.

  • Hold government accountable
    When a mistake is made, even if I make it, admit it, learn from it, and continuously improve by putting in safeguards to prevent it going forward.

  • Let Berkley be Berkley
    We need to continue to change and adapt, but we need to do it in a way that respects the values that make Berkley great. I will not force my own agenda against the will of the people.

  • Engage with the community 
    Since my election I have not slowed down in my outreach and communication efforts and that will continue.