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Bonner Springs City Council seat Ward 3: David Toland

March 17, 2011

David Toland is seeking the Ward III Bonner Springs City Council seat against incumbent Bob Reeves. Each council candidate completed a questionnaire prepared by The Chieftain; Toland's responses are below.

Biography

Name: David J. Toland

Date of birth: 08/18/1972

Family: Ryanne (wife), son Joseph, 5, and daughters Charlotte, 2, and Betsy, 3 months.

Current employment: Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, Training Deputy.

Past employment history: USD #204 Head Soccer Coach, stepped down to raise my family. Unified Government of Wyandotte Co. Park Ranger went to the Sheriff’s Office.

Number of years lived in community: Lifelong resident.

Previous public offices held: Edwardsville Parks and Rec. Advisory Board.

Community involvement: Coached in the community for 22 years.

What made you decide to run for office?

I’ve lived in this community my entire life. As such, I’ve seen the city grow both in population and size. I want to be able to “put my fingerprint” on the future of our city by being an active participant in the local government process. I also want to leave this city a better place for my children and grandchildren.

What special qualifications would you bring to this office?

My background as a law enforcement officer has given me the opportunity to become a very analytical, decisive person, with a high degree of impartiality and fairness. As a council member I would bring these qualities to the table in an attempt to create a harmonious relationship with other council members and the citizens of Bonner Springs.

What leadership qualities do you possess?

As the former soccer coach at Bonner Springs High School, I’ve been very successful in pulling together a group of young individuals and creating a winning team, which is no small feat. In my current position as a Deputy with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, I’m assigned to the Training Division. This position requires me to create training curricula, instruct recruit deputies in multiple courses (policy, procedures, firearms, defensive tactics, etc.), and make decisions that will not only affect these recruit deputies, but also the entire sheriff’s office. I am also a team leader on the Sheriff’s Office SERT (SWAT) Team, so I’m very adept at working under high-pressure, volatile situations.

How do you plan to familiarize yourself with the issues that come before the council?

Listen… Listen…Listen. Like anything you aren’t familiar with… learn about it. It’s not enough to have opinions on issues; you have to have real knowledge on the issue at hand, out of that knowledge often times comes intelligent positions on issues that come before the council.

How do you plan to stay in touch with constituents if you are elected?

My top priority will be responding to the opinions and concerns of the folks who elected me. Social networks are a very easy, convenient way to contact me, however, I would prefer face to face. I live, shop, and play in the same community they do; staying in touch with constituents won’t be difficult at all. I have always had an open door policy when people needed to speak to me, and it won’t change if elected.

Describe what you see as the main role of a city council member?

As an elected member of the governing body, my main role would be to fairly and impartially represent all residents of Ward 3 on the entire council. I see my duties to include bringing residents concerns to the table, and being able to present new and innovative solutions and proposals to any problems encountered. I also see my role as a council member as being a leader in taking the City of Bonner Springs into the future, making it a better place for future generations.

What is city government’s best attribute and why?

City government is the closest to the pulse of the people. Their decisions have an immediate and direct impact on the citizens of our community. They are the first layer of our democratic government; it’s crucial our city government has its pulse on our citizens.

What are the three most important issues facing the city and how would you confront them?

Public Safety—If people don’t feel safe in their homes and businesses, they won’t want to live or work here. Our community is already a very safe one, and our police department does a wonderful job. We need to maintain our commitment to the citizens to provide them with the safest possible environment we can.

Infrastructure—The taxpayers of Bonner Springs deserve good roads, sidewalks, etc. I believe we should look for new and innovative ways to provide these services to our citizenry.

Schools—While this is an issue that is controlled almost entirely by the state legislature, I believe we should make sure, as a governing body, that the City of Bonner Springs is doing all it possibly can to provide an excellent education system for our children. After all, they will be the future leaders of our city.

Under what circumstances, if any, would you favor increasing property taxes or sales taxes?

Unfortunately the city can’t pay for everything. Within the community we have two incredible resources that are the result of this question, the Y.M.C.A., and the library, both highly utilized while being voter supported.

How would you increase the city’s tax base?

I believe we should look into tax incentives for large and small businesses, the same as we offered residences in the past. The market for drawing new businesses into communities across America is getting very competitive, and I believe we need to get creative in drawing these businesses to Bonner Springs.

What can the city do to increase economic development?

Provide incentives to attract and encourage environmentally desirable businesses and business activities, including possibly reduced fees for outstanding environmental conservation efforts. Periodically survey the business community for evaluation of city services and improvement suggestions to help attract new businesses to make our community their home.

Are you satisfied with the job being performed by the city’s professional staff?

Like all professional staff, there is always room for improvement.

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