O'Fallon City Treasurer
Job: Business owner
Education: BS - Finance
Previous offices: Alderman
Qualifications: I've been an alderman since 2007, and have attended more than 300 city council and committee meetings during that time. During this time, I have spent numerous hours reviewing and attending the departmental budget meetings. I have pushed for reduced spending, lower taxes, and increased accountability. I've spent the last seven years running our family's small business in O'Fallon. In addition, I have 17 years of corporate experience from my time spent as a director at the MAY Department Stores. I am detail-oriented, and have a strong work ethic.
Top issues: The city treasurer works with the director of finance to ensure all funds are invested according to state guidelines in low risk, low yield accounts. The foremost objective of our investment strategy is safety of principal. The treasurer is then supposed to provide independent reporting on the status of those investments, along with an accounting of the city's debt. These reports are a key piece of information that assist the council in making informed, financial decisions. Unfortunately, in the six years that I have been an alderman, the city treasurer has never provided the required reports. In addition, the treasurer does not attend the monthly finance and administration committee meetings, or the various departmental budget meetings. As the new city treasurer, I will ensure that regular reports are provided to the city council, and will continue to attend necessary committee meetings so that I am able to answer questions that may arise.
O'Fallon city treasurer candidate David H. Hursey did not respond.
O'Fallon Ward 2 Alderman
Facebook: Jerry Albrecht
Education: BS Chemistry, MS Meteorology
Previous offices: Alderman Ward 7, four terms
Qualifications: During my 18-plus year involvement with city government and community volunteer agencies, I've developed a unique understanding of our community's needs. I've been a part of the 14-year record of balanced budgets, reduced city property tax levies and conservative financial management that allowed progress through the economic downturn in a strong cash position. I share the vision of O'Fallon's future as detailed in our Strategic Plan: Completing our park system, solving existing traffic problems with roundabouts and a railroad overpass, and updating infrastructure. I have worked to see that these projects moved forward. Our developmental plans and processes position us for the future as noted in the recent St. Louis Post Dispatch's St. Louis Today Business article. I support our park system providing outstanding recreational opportunities for our citizens and serving as an economic engine for our community. I respect and support the city's outstanding professional staff as the day-to-day managers of city service and understand the role of the city council is to establish and oversee policies.
Top issues: Continue our balanced budgets striving to reduce property tax levies in uncertain economic times and to handle the citizens' tax money in a careful, commonsense way. Providing city services efficiently in a level or declining resource environment, providing the best city services while seeking smart, new techniques like GPS on city vehicles. Maintaining our small-town atmosphere, great schools and safe environment. I am committed to preserving and enhancing these important features of our city. Expand our sales tax base by attracting more businesses like Menards a must allowing lower residential tax levies and offset the increasing cost of services. Continue to expand and improve city parks without additional tax increases. Our family sports park is paid for by a hotel/motel tax, visitors to our city help pay for our parks. Long-range planning is absolutely necessary for dealing efficiently with infrastructure and future development. Continued support for public safety services is key to protecting home values; keeping O'Fallon unique and the best place to live in Metro-east
O'Fallon Ward 2 Alderman
Job: Retired banker
Education: Masters of Business Administration
Previous offices: O'Fallon Grade School District 90 Board of Education
Qualifications: My knowledge of the community, business and financial management experience, independent judgment, new perspectives and dedicated work ethic will provide a good foundation for this responsibility.
Top issues: It seems to me that people like to live in O'Fallon because we have good schools, the community is a safe and comfortable place to live, and, despite rapid growth, there is a friendly, small town atmosphere. The answers to our future seem as simple as our past. The residents of the O'Fallon school districts should continue their support of quality education and city government should focus on maintaining and improving the quality of life we all enjoy. We can accomplish this in an affordable manner for both residents and the city if we prioritize the basic services, follow principles for smart growth and keep the thoughts and needs of residents at the forefront of our planning decisions. We do not need to be the biggest, but our quality of life needs to be the best. This is our biggest challenge.
O'Fallon Ward 3 Alderman
Education: Bachelors degree
Previous offices: None
Qualifications: I have been attending city council and committee meetings for more than five years and am well informed with city business. I owned and operated The Bicycle Zone in O'Fallon for approximately 10 years. I originally moved to O'Fallon in 1979 as a freshman when my father was stationed at Scott AFB and I graduated OTHS in 1983. After marrying my wife Missy, we moved to Fairview Heights for 12 years. After our daughter was born we returned to O'Fallon for the quality of life and first-rate schools. I have a BS in Business from SIUE and currently work in the Inspection/Quality Control department at Jet Aviation St. Louis, Inc. in Cahokia. As part of my job, I work across all levels of management and employees to solve problems and improve our quality system. Just as at work I can work with a wide range of people and personalities to get the job done.
Top issues: One of the most significant challenges facing the city right now is still the economy and competition from other cities. We continue to expand our TIF districts. Just a few years ago, we had only one TIF, now we have multiple, and have expanded two of them. Additional TIFs have also been discussed. This is simply a race to the bottom, to see which city can give away the most. O'Fallon is in a great position with lots of interstate frontage and multiple interchanges, the areas with the TIFs will be developed, the property is too valuable. This is evidenced by Car Max which is building without TIF money, but on a great piece of land along I-64. The No. 1 reason cited by developers is undermining. They knew about the undermining before they bought the property and should have considered this in their purchase price, we should not cover this for them. I am also concerned about the manner in which the city has been purchasing and selling property. We often buy at a high price (without any appraisal) and sell at a low price (without any notice to sell surplus property).
O'Fallon Ward 3 alderman candidate Jerry A. Mouser did not respond.
O'Fallon Ward 5 alderman candidates Christopher "Chris" Monroe and Courtney Cardona did not respond.