Public safety is a top concern of residents citywide, and I have made it a priority to be a fierce advocate for public safety enhancing policies, as well as securing the necessary funds to ensure that we have adequate first responders on staff. Some of my accomplishments include:
- Securing New Fire & Police Academy Classes – During last year’s budget season, I spearheaded efforts to secure new academy classes for our Fire and Police Departments, which hadn’t had any new recruits in almost five years.
- First Responder Home Loan Assistance Program – With record numbers of first responders living outside of our City’s limits, I worked with housing advocates and our first responders – stemming from the passage of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund - to create a down-payment home loan assistance program for our City’s first responders, so that they could buy homes in the city they serve and strengthen neighborhood public safety.
- Public Safety Town-Hall Meetings – I have hosted town hall meetings with Police Chief Greg Suhr, all of our District Police Captains, and the broader community to discuss public safety broadly and techniques to keep our residents feeling safe and secure.