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Saline County Commission: James Weese

KSAL Staff - July 1, 2016 11:09 am

Office: Saline County Commission District 4

Candidate: James Weese

Party: Republican

Bio: Age 63. I’ve been married 40 years to my wife Mary Pat. We have  4 children and 6 grandchildren. I’ve been a resident of Saline County for  50 years, with the past 10 years living in rural Saline Co. I Graduated Salina High South and attended Kansas Wesleyan University.  I have a Fire Science degree from Hutchinson Community College.  For 32 plus years I was employed with the Salina Fire Department, retiring as a Battalion Chief.  12 plus years I was a  partner in Bugle Builders Construction Co. retiring in 2011.

Candidate Statement:  I am excited and look forward to the possibility of representing the citizens of the fourth district.  I feel that with my past life experiences, I bring many fine qualities to the table.  I am eager to be a part of a problem-solving team that tackles the issues of the jail over-population, road infrastructure in the county, mending city-county relations, and developing a fair and equitable salary structure for county employees.  My proposal for the salary schedule for the County commission position would mean a $90,000 cost saving to the citizens of Saline County.

I’m an honest, compassionate, hard-working public servant.  I have diligently served my community for thirty-four years, ultimately retiring as a Battalion Chief for the Salina Fire Department.  I worked with other staff members to develop and manage a multi-million dollar budget.  I was responsible for commanding emergency situations for the safety of citizens and firefighter personnel.  My career has given me the tools necessary to be a team member in addressing budget, personnel, future planning, public safety, and problem-solving situations.

My qualities include good listening skills, being approachable to the public, honest and straight-forward, the ability to work as a team member to resolve issues, and a down-to-earth, reasonable, and common sense approach to daily county issues.  I welcome the opportunity to speak with citizens about any concerns or questions they might have.