When Jeffrey Hepler was convicted and fired as Drain Commissioner, the county asked for interested candidates to step forward and of those candidates, David Fisher was the candidate that stood out among the rest as the most capable and qualified. Those that were interviewed but did not make it, were Gue, Gary Bole, Jim Rudicil, Mike Smith, and Scott Babcock.
Fisher is taking a chance – he gave up his long term position with the township for a temporary assignment that may not last past November! In August, it will be up to the public who should be the last two candidates for Muskegon Countys Drain Commissioner.
Fishers top three priorities if re-elected are:
- To make myself and the office available to the public Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM with an after hours emergency number.
- I will continue to work with the County Board, Local Units, and other County Agencies to provide a necessary cooperative network to address public health and safety issues.
- I will continue to provide an efficient and timely response to development proposals with emphasis on the jobs we so desperately need, the corresponding economic development and the statutory responsibilities of the Drain Commissioner’s Office.
WZZM13 reports that that deputy Drain Commissioner Kevin Gue, who is also running for the position, was ousted by Fisher. The report states that Fisher told Gue he could keep his job if he dropped out of the race and that Gue refused and was forced to leave.
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It should be noted that it was within Fishers rights to remove his deputy, especially if his right hand man did not agree with his style as Fisher stated.
Fisher claims to have the most experience; in his previous job with the township, he managed over $250 million in public works projects, performed site plan reviews, issued permits and managed sewer and water systems that service over 9000 residents. Its reported that Fisher spent upwards of $30,000 running for drain commissioner last election when he lost to Hepler.
David Fisher has switched camps for this election and is now running as a Democrat; in 2008, Fisher ran as a Republican.
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On November 4th, 2010 you can decide if Fisher should continue or not by making sure to cast your vote.