The Role of County Clerk - is much more than processing paperwork. My opponent makes it sound like that is all the Clerk does & that is why she should be elected. The County Clerk's primary role is to set direction & provide leadership to the staff of the office. There are functions of the Clerk's Office that have time sensitivities such as protective orders- The Clerk needs to ensure that staff members that are tasked with critical time sensitive functions are completing the work in a timely manner and are held accountable. The Clerk needs to ensure that that the responsibilities set by the RCW's of State of Washington are followed and that fees set by legislation are collected. The Clerk is the Chief Financial Officer of the Superior & Family Courts and has the responsibility to ensure that all funds that should be collected are collected and accounted for. My opponent has tried repeatedly to say that if I were elected that I would be disruptive to the office and staffing in the Clerk's office. While she can say this- the reality is that I have 25 years plus of management experience building teams and retaining staff. For several years I managed one of the largest private employers in Kittitas County. All the key employees that were there when I started were there when I left. I believe that turn-over is costly not only for a business but for a government agency as well. My opponent as Supervisor of the Clerk’s Office has had turn-over almost 3 times the average of any other department within Kittitas County Government during her tenure. My opponents’ supporters have said that I am a nice guy - but lack the experience to be County Clerk. I appreciate those individuals acknowledging that I care for people and have a servant’s heart. But to say that I am not qualified to competently serve as County Clerk is false. I believe that my experience makes me by far the best qualified candidate for County Clerk. My licensing office utilizes a great deal of the documents created and processed through the Clerk's office in our daily licensing functions. I am the only candidate that has experience building teams and businesses. I am the only candidate that has experience working with elected officials and agencies for the betterment of our community. I started Ellensburg Licensing from scratch 5 years ago- By developing a competent and service-oriented staff -Ellensburg Licensing is the preferred choice in our county for licensing services. I have also been elected to the WAVS (Washington Association of Vehicle Sub-Agents) Board of Directors twice, was the Chair and took the lead negotiating a 5-year contract working closing with the Washington Association of County Auditors (WACO) to craft a contract with the Department of Licensing. As the Chair of the WAVS Contract Committee - I worked closely with the leadership of Auditors Association specifically Jerry Pettit our Auditor who has held leadership roles within WACO for many years. Working successfully on this project - we created a spirit of cooperation and communication -that we have built upon to work jointly on legislation & policy issues. I am currently serving (1 of 2 sub-agents) on a multi-year Department of Licensing committee that is reviewing all the policies and procedures that govern all licensing offices state-wide- not just the 137 Licensing Sub-Agent Offices like mine but all 39 county offices as well. One of the great things about our government system at all levels is that individuals from various backgrounds can run for office, be elected, and bring about a different perspective and life experience to government service. I come from the private sector where if you don't take care of the customer's needs - you go out of business. In the private sector individuals can speak with their pocketbook. My experience with Government is- they are quick to tell you what you cannot do - not very helpful in telling you what you can do and how to do it- and some of those who work in government forget who pays their paychecks and who they are tasked with serving. I have yet to see a government agency go out of business for providing poor citizen service. Their answer is always - we need more money or need more staff. I have gained a different perspective in the private sector - Please see my agenda for the Clerk’s office page.