Name: James F Minster
Family: My wife Nancy of 43 years, our four children; Kim, Marc, Nicolle, and Brian, and our four grand children.
Hobbies: Computers, crafts and I enjoy fixing almost anything.
1. Name some of the qualifications you possess that makes you the best choice to represent your city?
My experience in public safety, working with the public, along with my experience as the Physical Facility Manager of a large, 7 acre (under roof), Piping and Fabrication plant. My responsibility was one of leadership and support, so that production could be completed on time and on budget. I have experience in working with people dealing with their personal concerns while serving in various religious leadership positions. With my experience, working within the Fire Department, as Chief and Assistant Chief training of our Firefighters, to help them be prepared to protect and serve our city and its citizens. Working with the Boy Scouts, training scouting volunteers in the Mount Ogden District the largest district, in the Trapper Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
2. What political ideals and philosophies guide your decision-making process?
The political ideals and philosophies that help guide my decision-making process is that of serving the public. I would like to see our citizen's get more actively involved in our city especially our city government. One of my goals is to work hard so that the public feels that there city government is listening and that their concerns are important and addressed.
3. What is the most important issue facing your city?
I feel the most important issue facing our city is the state of the economy. As we look ahead to the next four years, a vote for me is a vote of confidence for the future. We need to bring new tax base to our city. By implementing a redevelopment program we can focus on seeking and capturing new businesses for South Ogden. This past year we have cut our budget by 12% and our services, to our citizens, have remained the same. Our city is in a good financial position, with an A+ rating. As we continue to experience the down turn, we must be creative, by working harder and making difficult decisions for the future.
4. Name some qualities that you possess that make you a good team worker and able to bring consensus among city leaders.
With the leadership skills that I have developed over the years in my Career, in the Community, and my Church, I feel this makes me the most diversified candidate for Mayor. I am a great listener, I am a team player, I do not micro-manage and I work hard to help those that I work with to grow. The greatest skill I possess is the ability to communicate with others, and this brings consensus with those you are trying to work with.
5. What do you think will be some major issues your city will face a generation from now?
I feel the most important issue facing our city is the state of the economy. To predict what will face our citizens in the next generation is a difficult task. As we look to the past 2 years no one could predict that we would be in the mess, we are in today. A generation from now, our children and grand children will be studying what caused this breakdown in our economy.
As we know our city is about built out with little room for growth. I would like to see a redevelopment program that will bring to our city a stable tax base.
I would like to see our city employees have a competitive base pay and salaries. Our employees are the backbone of the service that is provided to our citizens. Because of the foresight of the previous Mayors and Council members, we have little turnover with our employees, this brings stability and confidence to our city.
With our city's excellent financial rating; I would work to see this rating remains intact for each of us, our children and grand children. South Ogden City is an excellent place to live and it is up to each of us, working together, to ensure that in a generation from now, this city will still be a great place to live.