Name: Joe Dallimore
Occupation: Marketing Director, MarketStar Corporation
Family: Married to Wendy Hurst Dallimore, two daughters (PresLeigh, age 5; Phoebe, age 2)
Hobbies: Sports, Cooking, Reading, Gardening and Herding Cats (i.e. playing with my daughters)
1. Name some of the qualifications you possess that makes you the best choice to represent your city?
I am currently serving on the City Council. I have a B.S. degree from Weber State in Communication ('96) and an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Rochester ('00). I am currently employed by MarketStar Corporation in Ogden and have held finance and marketing positions for Dell, Sprint and Xerox. I was born and raised here, but have also lived in several other communities in the US and have witnessed the impact of decisions made by local government on quality of life, both good and bad. What that all boils down to is this: I have practical experience that is relevant to the challenges facing West Haven. We are becoming a bigger, more diverse community and we need to look at issues from multiple angles and ask a lot of questions. With my background, I am well positioned to do that.
2. What political ideals and philosophies guide your decision-making process?
I have been working non-stop as a member of a team since I started graduate school in 1998. I was on a team in school and I have been on teams in every professional situation since. So I have considerable experience as a member and leader of teams. I currently lead an organization of about 40 individuals. Bringing consensus is very simple: foster an environment where mutual respect enables open dialogue so individuals can discuss their ideas and give their opinion about the ideas of others. If that can be done, good decisions almost always result.
3. What is the most important issue facing your city?
Our primary short-term issue is fiscal discipline in these challenging economic times. Our primary long-term issues are:
1. Managing the growth of our city in a consistent, prudent way.
2. Growing our retail sales tax base by drawing others to spend their money in our fair city.
3. Prioritizing parks and recreation as the primary city service, as we have historically done.
My experience on the City Council and professional background enables me to tackle all of these challenges head on. I know how to manage budgets, market our city to potential residents and business owners, and drive awareness for parks and recreation.
4. Name some qualities that you possess that make you a good team worker and able to bring consensus among city leaders.
I possess moderate, conservative Republican values and am a student of American history. I understand what makes America great. I also understand what frustrates people about our political system as I am often frustrated with it myself. As a city government it is incumbent on us to be completely transparent and make decisions favored by the majority of our community. In that sense, beyond trying to generate ideas that I think will benefit our community, my job as a member of the City Council is listen to what the community says. In this context, listening skills are more important than any political ideology.
5. What do you think will be some major issues your city will face a generation from now?
The primary issue West Haven will face in the next generation will be dependent on how we handle growth now. If we continue to manage our general plan in a prudent, consistent way, our city will continue to be a wonderful place to live. If we don't manage growth effectively now, the next generation will have to solve issues around roads and infrastructure, transportation (public and otherwise), utility services, general safety, zoning inconsistencies, etc. But if we do it right now, property values will be high and retail services will be close and convenient and properly zoned.