Dick: Lifetime of serving public, private sector

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 3:41pm
By: Letters to the ...

Your time is very important to you, and to me as well. Equally important to you and to me is your vote for the city of Fayetteville Council Post 5 on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

I would like you to know more about me. That will allow you to, hopefully, vote for me knowing that you made your best choice, for the most qualified candidate that you want to have serve you.

I have lived here in the city of Fayetteville for 20 years. In fact I have lived in my same, modest, residence all of those years. I live here, I shop here, and I like it here.

You will find that I have no hidden agenda, no property to rezone, no business venture to promote, no self-seeking motives. The only reason that I ask for your vote is that you allow me to serve you and to serve you well.

My career background includes both the private and public sectors. That mixture gives me the flavor, feeling and experience about the atmosphere on both sides of the fence.

The private background constitutes approximately, one-half of my career experience. I have been licensed as a C.P.A., and currently am in several states, and have been for approximately the past 30 years.

Additional background includes many years in various financial management functions such as the controller and or vice-president of finance of several diversified businesses. Other experience includes employment as a business consultant for a large, well known, international management consulting firm.

The public background, which totals 25 years, is a combination of both local- and state-level experience.

At the local level I served two concurrent terms, for a total of four years, as the elected city comptroller of a municipality. The municipality, at that time, had a population of over 50,000 residents.

As the city comptroller I was also a voting member on several of the city’s boards, such as the Board of Public Works, Mass Transit Board, Cable T.V. Commission, etc.

Of course, my main responsibility was to safeguard the assets of the citizens. Of equal importance was to advise, formulate, administer and oversee, with the City Council members, the annual city budget.

During my terms we developed a new state of the art computerized municipal accounting system. This system was interfaced with and required coordinated efforts with other adjoining municipalities and county officials. I personally know all facets of city government having been a voting policy maker, as well as the department head of the city’s Financial Management Department.

At the state level my service includes 21-plus years as a state revenue enforcement agent with the states of Florida and Indiana. These years have put me in a position to travel to many of the Fortune 500 companies within most of the U.S.A. I know the desires and the difficulties of the business community, having been involved with small, medium and large business organizations.

We have a great city. I want to keep it that way. We have very well-qualified leaders, managers and employees working for the city of Fayetteville. I want to be a part of that team.

There is no need for me to get on my soap box and share my views about safety, taxes (No, I will not support a tax increase), traffic congestion, senior citizen concerns. I know the issues. So, please vote for me so I can be a part of the solution in dealing with the issues.

I need, and want, your vote on Nov. 3, 2009.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

William “Bill” Dick

Candidate for Post 5

Fayetteville, Ga.

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