In my 10 years as Mayor my administration was directly involved in nearly $50 Million dollars in Economic Development and new construction. We created business friendly incentives and worked closely with our congressional delegation in Washington,
D.C. and our state representatives to create quality of life projects.
We worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a multi-million dollar riverfront park at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers
that helped spark other economic development in the area. The park's amphitheater, ADA accessible fishing piers, biking and walking trails provide visitors with many events to see and plenty to do.
We facilitated the land acqisition and building of
the headquarters for West Virginia Highmark Insurance, which led to vacant buildings and hotels becoming viable again for the first time in decades.
I was able to triple the city's recyling capacity and made it into an operation that paid for itself
after years of $100,000.00 losses. I initiated a private public partnership to make the recycling center the first city or county facility to operate under Solar Power.
A public - private partnership I initiated resulted in the creation of James Neale
Park which has a private state of the art sport center for area youth along with a skateboard park and fishing lake.
I initiated and led the application process to become a Home Rule city that reduced Business & Occupation Taxes on businesses, eliminate
the B&O tax on utilities for every home and business, and created a fairer broad based tax system.
I also initiated and led the application process and obtained approval to develop a port authority to attract future businesses and to benefit those
TRAINING & CONSULTING
My colleagues and I have decades of experience in the Criminal Justice arena particualrly in the area of training & education along with drafting and implementing policy and
procedures for police departments. We have provided trainig to various police departments and the WV Chiefs of Police Association.
As Chief of Police, I initiated and led the application process and became the first and only police department
in West Virginia to become accredited through the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) formed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff's Association, and other nationally recognized organizations.
I developed a state of the art automated outdoor firearms range with computer operated target systems and an indoor training facility was completed during my term as mayor adjacent to the range.
As an adjunct instructor at WVU-Parkersburg, Criminal
Justice Coordinator Larry Robinson and I conducted a study regardin Community Policing in Parkersburg, WV, which was published. Another publication appeared in the Correctional Journal authored by myself and the late Fred Kreig, PhD, regarding stress in law
enforcement officers and training solutions.