Editor's Note: The following profile is part of a series highlighting the candidates running for seats in contested races as part of this year's town election, which takes place on Tuesday, April 1. Milford Patch has reached out to all candidates in the contested races to showcase why they're running and what they hope to bring to the board. Check back leading up to the election for more profiles on the candidates.
Why are you running for the role of Tax Collector?
The tax collector’s office is an important one because its efficient collection of taxes funds important services that residents depend on for their safety, and many other things that make life better. This position requires business management knowledge and skills. I have a degree in Business Management. I’ve been applying that knowledge and financial/accounting skills for the last 9 years, six of which are in a municipal career. Most recently I’ve served as the Community Development Offices’ Interim Director.
What do you hope to accomplish?
Provide the office good business management that moves the office into the future. It will give all residents the most efficient, responsive department that specializes in respectful customer service. To do this, management skills such as leadership, planning, organization, evaluating and controlling will be put to good use. Today’s information technology will also improve efficiency and service. Combining advanced computer skills, professional management and accounting knowledge and a fresh perspective on things allows me to achieve more.
What do you see is the most pressing issue facing Milford right now in relation to the seat for which you're running?
For the past six months I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many concerned residents of Milford, all of whom have concerns regarding the customer service they received from the Tax Collectors Office. So a pressing issue would be to greatly improve the customer service residents receive. In addition to customer service, a pressing issue is modernizing office functions. For example, online payments have been recently announced, that should have been operational for residents over a decade ago.
What do you think you could do to help resolve this issue?
My business management skills and experience will allow me to best manage the office and serve the residents. I have always worked with the public and in customer service; it’s one of my strengths. Being Bilingual will allow me to best serve the most residents of Milford. I grew up with the new age of information technology. As the latest improvements in technologies/features come along, they will be easier for me to learn and implement in the office.
Name one unique idea you would like to bring to the table if elected in April.
I would like to Implement Electronic Bill Submission. This way residents have the option of receiving their bills electronically (many companies have been offering this feature for years). This will be faster, efficient and save the town money.
What is one thing voters might not know about you?
I’m very family-minded, so I’m raising my family with the same values and traditions I grew up with. I enjoy cooking and active outdoor activities.