Lynchburg City Council 2022
“Leading Lynchburg Forward”
Throughout my eight years of service on City Council, I have been a staunch supporter of public safety. I believe having qualified, well-trained, and well-paid police officers, firefighters and emergency communications personnel are all important components of a vibrant and safe community. My record proves that I am willing to do what it takes to ensure that every citizen in the Lynchburg community, regardless of what neighborhood they live in, can feel safe and secure.
My Votes Supporting Public Safety:
- Supported a $10,000 increase in the starting salary all sworn police officers, approximately $40,000 per year to $50,000 per year.
- Voted to implement a pay plan that provides a progression system for annual increases in officer salary
- Voted for new equipment including body worn cameras, an upgrade to Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, new safety equipment for vehicles
- Funding for a new police headquarters on Odd Fellows Road. This new location rather than the original Kemper Street will result in an $8 million cost savings.
- Benefits of the new police headquarters include:
- Consolidating four locations into one location
- Provides a modern police facility that includes secured parking for department employees, which significantly enhances safety
- Includes meeting space that allows the department to invite the public in and build stronger relationships with our community
- Provides room for growth of the department for many years to come
- Voted for a 10% salary increase for firefighters
- Voted to provide funding for upgraded protective equipment and fire apparatus
- Support continuing efforts to provide department with necessary equipment and salary increases