1. What do you view as the key role, and/or attributes needed for this position? The attributes need for the position of License Collector are as follows:
a. Commitment to Service
b. Understanding of business operations
c. Working knowledge of City governance
d. Ability to work well with others
e. Willingness to help each member of the team achieve personal excellence
2. What education (schools attended, degrees attained), experience, and attributes do you have that qualify you for this position?
a. Associate Degree in Applied Science (Computer Programming)
b. Bachelorette Degree in Liberal Arts
c. Masters Degree in Business Administration
d. Facilitator of Diversity Training since 1995
e. Leadership St Louis Graduate (2002)
f. Retired Master Sergeant, United State Army Reserve, over 23 years
g. Alderman, City of St Louis over 11 years
3. Why do you think you are the best person for this position? What differentiates you from your opponents?
I am the only candidate who has served in an elected position by first being elected by running against and opponent; thereafter successfully reelected to the office originally sought. I have committed myself to public service for over 32 years serving both the United States of America and the City of St. Louis. I have proven leadership experience and have always been rehired by the people while in office. I have a proven track record of always putting my Country and the City of St Louis first.
4. What do you feel are the most pressing issues currently facing this office and what plans do you have to address these issues? (please be specific)
The Office has been historically lax in enforcing the rules and ordinances of the Office. I would reallocate staff to ensure the appropriate level of compliance officers are monitoring businesses for compliance.
The Office is not very user friendly. I would work to ensure that the Office becomes a One-Stop Shop for application of business licenses using 21st Century technology that communicates with all entities involved in the business license process. In addition, I would place the business license database online for easy searchable use as well as work with the Better Business Bureau on notification of troubled business.
5. Describe how you work with, or will work with, others to address your priorities.
I have a track record of working well with others as a member of the St Louis Board of Alderman. I have a great and trusted relationship with every City of St. Louis Department Director and have received their support for my ideas.
6. What services could this office offer citizens that it does not now offer?
The Office could offer the service of applying for a business license online. This will be a great convenience for people with limited staff and will be a quicker issuance process.
7. How can this office improve the economic strength of the city?
The Office can improve the economic strength of the City by becoming more user friendly, compliance sensitive and collaborate in an impactful manner with other City departments that work to maintain and attract businesses to the City.
8. Are there functions of this office that are now obsolete and can be eliminated or combined for efficiency?
I am not aware of any obsolete services at this time.
9. How are you working/would you work to make this office a 21st Century office?
I would invest in the latest software technology that will network and communicate with every office that’s involved in the business license process. We must reinvent the way we operate.
10. If you could ask each of your opponents one question, what would it be? (You may specify a different question for each opponent or the same question for both.)
How have you been involved in making St Louis a better place to live where and play for the past 10 years which positively affected the lives of St Louis residents as a public servant or community leader?