Throughout my campaign I have clearly stated that I will make the Mayor's position a full time job. When you have a budget as large as Salisbury does, working part time simply doesn't cut it.
However, as I have witnessed over the past 8 years of running Salisbury News and attending hundreds of Council Meetings over the years, you wouldn't believe the volume of items that are hidden in different departments that total in the millions of dollars Council Members were clueless about.
That being said, don't think for a second that the Council Members missed something, it was carefully hidden. I can recall one year where two or three Fire Trucks were somehow buried in their budget and not one Council Member knew about it. I red flagged it to the Council and when they called to find out if what I was saying was true, they were told it was not. The more they insisted and pushed the matter they finally got the TRUTH and what I had stated from the beginning was absolutely a fact.
That is just one of many examples out there. I am not suggesting taxpayers pay me more money than the part time salary, I'm simply suggesting you elect a Mayor that can and will work full time. You need a Mayor that knows exactly what department heads are doing on a daily basis. You need a Mayor who is proactive and not reactive. You need a Mayor who can answer your call in your time of need.
If you are happy with the way things have been run for the past 16 years, vote for Jim Ireton. If you are interested in an instant change, you won't have to wait 2 1/2 to 4 years, I'll change things the FIRST WEEK. I'll work just as hard as you do, if not harder.
You need to ask yourself, would YOU hire a part time CEO to run your $50,609,306.00 a year company budget? I rest my case.