My wife Lois and I first experienced Bear Valley Springs when we built our weekend cabin here in 1980, but our involvement in the local community was minimal as we lived in Los Angeles. As retirement loomed closer we explored Texas and Northern California, but nothing was as attractive as Bear Valley Springs. We bought our home on the valley floor in 1998, and I retired as a Marketing Executive with Hehr Windows in 2005.
Within a few years Lois and I became involved in the community, including volunteer committees within the BVSA and with the BVCSD. I was elected to the BVSA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016: one year as Treasurer, five as President. Over time I deemed the recurrent cycle of BVCSD Directors was less than productive, and felt they were being elected based on an unrealistic understanding of the issues facing the valley. This inspired me to apply, and be appointed to, one of the Board positions opening in Fall 2018.
We have reached a time in the 50 year history of Bear Valley Springs when much of the infrastructure has aged to the point that a major investment in repair and replacement must be made. If not done, the valley cannot remain livable. Arguments have made about past Board and Management decisions; some were good, some likely not. Given the changes in laws since the inception of Bear Valley Springs, BVCSD faces some hard choices. Many of them will be unpopular, but necessary.
We now have a great staff, and a Board of Directors willing to meet the challenges head on. To accomplish what is required, we need Will, Organization, and Resources. We're two-thirds of the way there.
Like you, I view Bear Valley Springs as a truly special place and one worth preserving. To me, this means exhibiting leadership to sustain a unique quality of life through safe roads, a strong and independent police agency, protection of our unique physical landscape, and financial decision-making that will allow every tax and rate payer the assurance that they are achieving value for their investment.
I hold a degree in Urban Planning from USC and have spent 24 years as a public-sector City Planner and real estate professional, building communities that provide a high quality of life for residents. This experience has provided me with the technical skill to balance budgets, manage construction, and advance public policy in a community forum.
In addition, as a civilian, I was privileged to receive executive leadership training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This experience has given me a perspective on leadership that centers around critical thinking, consensus building and valuing input from all stakeholders.
With more than 30 years of city and town management experience in California, Washinton, Minnesota, and Missouri, Bill has managed annual budgets ranging from 6 million dollars to 95 million dollars and has led both small and medium sized communities.
He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Public Administration and was a International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed City Manager for 15 years.
I moved to BVS in August of 2018. I volunteered for the finance committee because I wanted to be better informed and be part of a financially sound future for our community.
I have worked in the nonprofit sector since 1998 and in higher education since 2004 in the grants office. I continue my work in higher education now as an online course developer and faculty trainer. I have served as a city parks and recreation commissioner, a nonprofit board president, and the founder of a foundation to support a national park in the past.
I am currently adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University teaching Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits, and an adjunct at Cerro Coso College teaching Intro to Business and Managerial Accounting.
I believe that my skills in management, budgeting, and grant writing are useful for our community and I have used my experience as part of the team that won the $1.2M Cal Fire grant to remove hazardous wildfire fuels from our community.
I am thrilled to be here in the valley with my horses, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, dogs, cats and pig! My goal for working on the finance committee is to ensure that we take care of the future of our community in a realistic and proactive way.