Your vote will empower me to take steps to improve Fairfield Township government. Our township government can be so much more than what it is today. Immediate steps are needed to improve township operations. The township has evolved in the last 15 years, leadership must improve as well.
Since 2009, I have been utilizing my skills as a degreed Industrial Engineer to analyze Fairfield Township government operations. After attending countless trustee meetings, reviewing massive quantities of public records, and listening to both residents and township employees – I have discovered many important things. There are serious issues with the current way Fairfield Township is being managed.
Government at all levels should be open, honest and transparent. Township business should be conducted in front of township residents with ample opportunities for input. I have found that better solutions can be derived when feedback from multiple stakeholders is considered and incorporated. For many years, I facilitated team-based process improvement efforts as an employee and as a consultant. I have proven experience working with teams to create extraordinary results.
For over one year, the current trustees refused to allow comments during trustee meetings. There is very little deliberation between the trustees at meetings. Currently, meeting agendas are only made available a few hours in advance, leaving little time for sufficient analysis. Active two-way communication along with utilizing internet resources to create open government are two initial steps that need to be to be taken. Both my father and grandfather were career officers in the United States Air Force. My brother is currently serving in Afghanistan. Generations of my family and many other families have sworn to protect and defend our Constitution. The First Amendment secures our right to free speech and the right to redress government for grievances. It is a travesty that the current township trustees denied citizens their First Amendment rights for over a year.
It is now time for meaningful improvements in our township government. I have the much needed skills and experience to improve operations and I very much want the opportunity to serve our community. My initial goals for the township will be to:
- Restore Fiscal Responsibility
- Restore Open, Honest Government
- Actively engage in community development
I am not a career politician – I am merely a concerned ‘Citizen Republican’ that wants to improve local government. While I currently work as a stay-at-home mom and blogger (www.fairfieldtownshipflare.com), I do have over 20 years of experience in the private sector working as an Industrial Engineer. I worked in the fields of manufacturing, financial services (insurance) and information technology/telecommunications. The majority of my work experience revolved around assessing and then improving various processes through continuous improvement methodologies. I have been fortunate to work alongside internationally renowned efficiency experts on continuous process improvement initiatives.
Skillsets I possess that would benefit our township include:
- Continuous Improvement/Kaizen/Lean Implementation
- Business Process Improvement
- Organizational Transformation
- Strategic Planning
- Customer Service
- Training & Development
- Performance Measurement
- Facilities Management
- Financial Analysis
- Employee Development
- Human Resources
- Team-based process improvement intitiatives
My husband Jason and I have called Fairfield Township home since 2000. Jason is a an Engineering Program Manager/Assistant Manager at Toyota Boshoku. Nate is an active Boy Scout with Troop 902 at Fairfield Civitan. Stephanie, Alexandra and Madelyn enjoy artistic skating. Stephanie and Alexandra are also American Heritage Girls. Three of my four children attend Sacred Heart school in Fairfield where we regularly attend church. I volunteer for the Sacred Heart School PTS. In 2009, I was one of the original founding members of the Cincinnati Tea Party. I currently serve on the Butler County Republican Central Committee.
Good government must begin in our own backyard. This includes responsible stewardship of our resources and proactive community development. Government at all levels should be open, honest and transparent. Excellent customer service combined with a mindset for fiscal responsibility must be ingrained into all aspects of township operations. It’s truly time for a paradigm shift in our Fairfield Township government.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Vigilance against tyranny. Vigilance to protect and defend our constitution and the freedom that it represents. Please join me and find a way, no matter how small to promote good government. We must protect and defend the principles upon which our country was founded. Doing that will honor the memory who have died for our country and will promulgate freedom and liberty for future generations.
Every vote will matter in this upcoming election. I would greatly appreciate your vote on November 5th.
Shannon Hartkemeyer, AIS, ACS
B.S. Industrial Engineering Technology, University of Dayton
M.A. Organizational Management, University of Phoenix Online
Paid for by Citizens for Shannon Hartkemeyer, Jason Hartkemeyer, Treasurer, 4250 Bennett Drive, Fairfield Township Ohio 45011