GREENFIELD, WI – The 2022 election is heating up in Wisconsin and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Voters will decide the outcome of seats for state and Senate representatives, as well as local governments and school boards.

Patch asked the candidates for the Whitnall School Board, which will hold a primary vote on Feb. 15, to answer questions about their campaigns. The Whitnall School District includes part of Greenfield, part of Franklin, and Hales Corners.

We will be posting candidate profiles and a voter guide closer to Election Day. On the evening of the primary election, we will keep track of the results.

Position sought (including ward or district number, if applicable)

Whitnall School Board

Family

Casey (wife) and her two daughters in the Whitnall School District

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

Not Whitnall

Education

Master in Management

Occupation

Fire Chief – 30 years in fire and emergency medical services including 14 years as chief

Previous or current elected or appointed function

Nothing

Campaign website

https://www.facebook.com/JonCo…

Why are you seeking an elective mandate?

To continue to serve our community and ensure that students are prepared for their future.

The most pressing issue facing our (council, district, etc.) is _______, and that is what I intend to do about it.

The most pressing issue facing our district is the need to ensure that students receive the best education and experience that prepares them for their future. The question is how? (See my thoughts below.)

What are the main differences between you and the other candidates for this position?

Direction. My professional life places me in a position of; leadership, oversight, mission/vision/goal creation, advocacy, oversight and accountability. Every day I lead and manage our members and our organization. Our organization has been agents of change and innovation despite criticism. We have become a sought-after organization. I understand the general supervisory responsibilities of a board member (not micromanaging) and want to bring that vision to the district.

If you are a challenger, in what ways has the current board or administrator let down the community (or district or constituency)

This is not a failure or a grudge but what can I bring to the Board and better prepare our students for the future. I can I want.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

Certainly, the best education and the best experiences. But how?
– Create a learning environment
-Addressing mental health, wellbeing, bullying, social media and building resilience
-Recruit. retain the best employees, create a positive culture
-Prepare students for their future, even if they don’t know exactly what it looks like and changes happen quickly
-Exposure to other post-secondary opportunities, including trades and trades. Increase matchmaking and mentorship by partnering with the community and businesses.
-Be fiscally responsible. A large majority of residents (taxpayers) have students in the neighborhood. We must be fiscally responsible and efficient to ensure that we deliver value while maintaining a good neighborhood vibe, as this is an important part of where we choose to live.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job?

In reflecting on my career, I have focused on children and families.
– Serve as Chairman of the Milwaukee County Fire Chiefs
– Eliminate service barriers and create efficiencies.
– Five-year partnership with Hunger Task Force to turn every fire station in the county into a peanut butter drop-off site to fight hunger and benefit children and families.
– Served as president of the Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Association
– Passed a bill requiring students to learn CPR before graduation.
– Creation of a case manager/social worker position within our organization. This was the first such station by a state fire department. This position continues to help children and families by addressing issues and connecting them to resources. Called foolish by many three years ago, case manager positions are being created in other communities in Milwaukee County and the state.
– Serving as a volunteer camp director for Wisconsin Burn Camp is one of my greatest moments. Leading 70 other volunteers who offered a free week-long camp to burn injured children was amazing. During my tenure, we practiced love, responsibility and mentorship. Years later, seeing some of the successes emerge is amazing and one of the most valuable experiences that has helped shape me and my leadership.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

There are so many things that I have learned and continue to learn. My father (recently deceased) taught me to treat everyone with respect and dignity. Be inclusive and embrace diversity (he was long before his time). So one of my favorite quotes is “nobody cares what you know until they know how much you care” (author unknown).

What else would you like voters to know about you and your duties?

We need to find a way to come together and focus on the majority of what we agree on. We must bring back civility and respect (our children are watching). Change is difficult. The change is a dial, not a switch. Change won’t happen overnight, but I want to help turn the dial that better prepares our children for their future.