Candidate explains his qualifications

As a candidate for Marietta City Council president, I bring a serious approach to this position. I believe in order to effectively be the president of council, one must work up to that position. City history has demonstrated our former council presidents have agreed and always had experience on council first before attempting to move into the president’s chair. I have spent the last eight years working for the city and its citizens in multiple capacities. I also have a 16-year business background that will compliment my experience I have gained on council. I am also a lifelong resident of Marietta.

In 2005, I was appointed by the mayor to serve on the Marietta Traffic Commission. The traffic commission is an advisory commission that hears traffic and pedestrian issues. We have a responsibility to listen to citizen concerns, issues, suggestions and complaints. This was a great experience to prepare for a seat on city council. In 2011, I had the privilege to serve on city council. I was the chairman of the employee relations committee and information technology advisory board. I also served on the police and fire committee as well as the water, wastewater and sanitation committee.

While on council, I worked tirelessly on learning all I could about our city, its behind-the-scenes workings, and how we deliver services. I went out into the field and looked at collapsed sewer lines, street flooding issues, I worked to develop good relationships with developers and stay active in their projects, I even have gone on patrol with our police department and have attended training with the fire department to see firsthand that our citizens are served well by the departments and are safe.

As a councilman at-large, I responded to all citizen concerns and valued each of them equally. I investigated issues and voted on legislation with the best interest in mind for the city and the citizens of Marietta. At the beginning of this year, I was appointed chairman of the traffic commission and I am always working with the mayor, safety-service director, city engineer, department leaders and council members for the best interest of the city and citizens.

As president of council, I will use my experience on council and my commitment to reform city council into a modern, efficient organization with a defined mission statement, united teamwork, excellent communication, better access to the public and leadership to provide positive direction. I will also use my certification by the auditor of state to implement new records retention and provide for better retention of our city’s permanent records and oversight of the state sunshine laws to prevent future lawsuits. Another item that must be implemented is a “playbook” for all new incoming council members. This manual is vital for excellent management and is nonexistent today. My priority as president of council will be forecasting and planning for long term projects and expenditures. Importance will be given to police, fire, water, wastewater and streets.

Serving on council first before running for president has given me the ability to see firsthand what the city does, how the city works and what needs to be changed in the future. I will restore balance, foresight and financial restraint to city council.

Serving on council first before running for president has given me the ability to see firsthand what the city does, how the city works and what needs to be changed in the future. I will restore balance, foresight and financial restraint to city council.

I appreciate your support and ask for your vote on Nov. 5. Thank you.

Josh Schlicher, candidate

Marietta City Council president