FAIRFIELD — City officials described the municipality as a lean, nimble and resourceful organization during an orientation Wednesday for candidates running for Fairfield City Council.
“We want to make ourselves available to you,” said City Manager David White. “We want you to be the best candidates possible.”
White, along with Police Chief Walt Tibbet, Fire Chief Tony Velasquez, Public Works Director George Hicks and Community Development Director Erin Beavers, spoke at the meeting that took place at the Fairfield Police Training Facility on Rex Clift Lane.
Tibbet spoke to candidates about the Police Department’s success in solving crimes.
“We put the right people in the right place with the right supervision,” he said.
Men and women in the department are committed to responding when someone is injured, Tibbet said.
“They handle it professionally but they take it personally,” the police chief said.
Velasquez said 70 percent of calls to the Fire Department involve emergency medical matters.
“To call us the Fire Department,” he said, “kind of sell us short.”
“We definitely do a lot more than just go out on fires,” Velasquez said.
Hicks noted the 690 miles of roads in the city – and said if you wonder why potholes are sometimes present, that’s part of the story. Public Works is responsible for more than $2 billion in assets, he said.
Beavers, who has been with Fairfield for 25 years, said he worked for other cities.
“This is the one I wanted to stay at,” he said.
Candidate Brian Thiemer was impressed by the presentations.
“I saw,” he said, “people who care about the community.”
Scott Tonnesen, a city planning commissioner running for a City Council seat, said he’d heard before some of what was said at the meeting, “but it was very informative.”
Eleven people seek two seats in the Nov. 4 election.
Candidates Joseph “Joe” Martinez, Scott Mulvey, Chuck Timm, Ben Afisivalu and Thomas Bailey also attended the meeting.
Incumbents Catherine Moy and John Mraz, along with former City Council member Perry Polk and Planning Commissioner Randy Blankenchip, are also running for council seats.
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