Candidate profile: Carlton County Commissioner District 4: Susan Zmyslony
Q -- What made you decide to run for county commissioner? A -- It is my wish to make a positive difference within our county. It is time for diversity and a new perspective on the board. It is a time to be proactive, ask the necessary questions a...
Q - What made you decide to run for county commissioner?
A - It is my wish to make a positive difference within our county. It is time for diversity and a new perspective on the board. It is a time to be proactive, ask the necessary questions and make changes. It is time for all townships and constituents to have equal representation.
Q - Outline briefly your personal and professional background and what makes you qualified to serve as county commissioner.
A - Through my varied experiences, which include 26 years of employment with the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, Northern Lights Interagency Council, Barnum School Board, Epilepsy Foundation Board, Carlton County Agriculture and Industry Association, Hanging Horn Lakes Association, Wal-Mart and the Barnum Flood Relief Program, I understand working with diverse people to fulfill expectations and goals. These experiences have provided the opportunity to work with budgets, personnel, policy and procedures and the everyday operation of a functional board. Through positive leadership, action and a strong commitment I will work towards meeting the needs of the people.
Q - Economic development, road improvements, overcrowded buildings and an ever-burgeoning prisoner load place a significant burden on the county budget. What do you believe should be the county’s spending priorities, and where should its fiscal responsibility to taxpayers lie?
A - While campaigning door to door, the prominent conversation is the need to control spending. Constituents want to be assured budgetary expenses are examined and money spent is worthwhile and shows a return on investment. Conversations with department heads indicated an increase in collaboration and partnerships which improves productivity and efficiency. Currently our Health and Human Services building is close to capacity yet not overcrowded. The jail is one of the state’s five oldest, therefore options will need to be explored. Economic development needs to be encouraged. The majority of new jobs will come from within, so we need to develop relationships with our local businesses and look for avenues for future growth. We need to build on the strengths of Carlton County to create industries to keep families here. These partnerships cannot just be with the county departments but also municipalities, schools and townships. Strong partnerships develop a strong foundation creating future stability.