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DAN WILBER

Experience In Ulster County Prepares Newcomer For Role
DAN WILBER, R- DISTRICT 5

Experience In Ulster County

Prepares Newcomer For Role

Dan Wilber, newly elected county representatives, left downstate New York for the Town of Burlington's open spaces, but brought experience in law enforcement and county government with him that he intends to draw on in his new role.
Dan Wilber, newly elected District 10 county representative, left downstate New York for the Town of Burlington’s open spaces, but brought experience in law enforcement and county government with him that he intends to draw on in his new role.

Editor’s Note: This is the final of seven profiles of the seven new members of the Otsego County Board of Representatives elected Nov. 3, and who take office Wednesday, Jan. 6.   Review all the profiles at www.allotsego.com

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

BURLINGTON – A former code officer for the county and an employee of the state Department of Transportation, Dan Wilber, knows how the government works.  “And I know how it should work!” he said.

OtsegoCountySeal-Color-500pix_largeIt was this idea that inspired him to run for District 10 county representative, a race he won against Democrat Russ Bachman and incumbent Betty Anne Schwerd, who ran as an independent.  “I thought it was time for a change,” he said.  “I thought we could use some fresh ideas, fresh people.”

An Ulster County native, Wilber enjoyed an active and varied career before settling in Burlington in 2004.

He was fire chief with the Phoenicia Fire Department, a corrections officer at the maximum security prison in Ellenville, Security & Fire Safety director for the state Office of Children & Family Services, and a photographer with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

He also owned two vacuum-cleaner stores in Danbury, Conn. And Fishkill, as well as worked for his wife Alison’s Motorola franchise.

CANDIDATES 2015, DAN WILBER

DAN WILBER

COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 10

COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE:  Burlington

EDUCATION:  Graduated Corning Community – Fire Protection

Dan Wilber
Dan Wilber

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Currently Assistant Director NYS DOT Safety & Health

Former County of Otsego Codes Director

Former Director of Security & Fire Safety NYS Children & Family Services

Former Owner Operator of successful family businesses.

Served in the United States Air Force to include the Air Force Thunderbirds

COMMUNITY/POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT

Former Town Justice, Burlington, 6 Years

Former President Otsego County Magistrates Association

Volunteer Firefighter 39 years

Member of Edmeston Fire Department and Rescue Squad

Former Fire Chief of a Three Department District

Relay for Life Volunteer

FAMILY: Married to Alison Kramer Wilber

Two Children Daughter Rose – CPA   Son Ayden – Masters of Kinesiology

IN TWO OR THREE SENTENCES, EXPLAIN YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT.

Government should be by the people for the people.  Government should reflect the wishes of the constituents represented.

WHAT ARE THE THREE MAJOR ISSUES THE OTSEGO COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES FACES, AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THEM?

• Increased County spending.  I will hold the line on spending and require justification for increased budget lines.  Being a former department head, I have participated in the budget process and I understand the budget process.
• Rising Property Taxes and the inability of our residents to to keep up with those taxes.  I will work to maintain low taxes and respect the 2% tax cap.

• Search for innovative ways to strengthen our economic development to increase the tax base, create jobs and grow businesses.  Our young people need meaningful employment opportunities here in Otsego County.

WHAT QUALITIES/EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKES YOU THE BETTER CHOICE IN THIS RACE

I have both private sector business experience and government management experience to include being a former department head within Otsego County.  I understand how government should operate and how business does operate.

IS THERE A STATEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH VOTERS?

I pledge to serve the people of Otsego County with integrity and respect.  I will be open to new ideas no matter who presents them.

 

 

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