Your Voice: Firefighters support Dwyer

To the editor:

Throughout the world, firefighters are known for being men and women of action, taking a common sense approach to solving problems, and being able to do more with less.

For these reasons, the Farmington Hills Firefighters Association is pleased to support Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer for reelection in District 14 (Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Farmington, Farmington Hills and Franklin).

In the 23 years he served and protected the City of Farmington Hills as police chief, our firefighters saw firsthand what an outstanding leader Bill Dwyer is. He efficiently managed a staff of over 180 employees, instituted and maintained over 50 community policing programs, and quickly established Farmington Hills as one of the safest cities in Michigan. What made these accomplishments even more impressive is the fact he never exceeded his budget and oftentimes had funds left over that other departments could then utilize to better serve our residents.

In addition to his professional qualifications, Bill Dwyer is also a tremendous citizen of our community. He has lived here for 31 years, has chaired or is a member of numerous civic organizations, is a true consensus-builder, and has always been one of the most approachable people our firefighters and families have ever encountered. Whether someone’s issue is small or large, Bill Dwyer always takes the time to listen, promises to research the issue, and then does what many politicians do not …contacts you with an answer or recommendation. In today’s world, that is truly a rare and admirable quality.

But come to think of it, Commissioner Dwyer is not the stereotypical politician. He is a true gentleman who cares deeply about the issues facing all of us, someone who brings his 35 years of executive experience to bear on the complex issues facing our county government, and someone whose unparalleled professional relationships make him a phenomenal ambassador for our community.

In closing, Commissioner Dwyer’s three continual priorities are keeping Oakland County residents safe, managing the county’s budget in the most fiscally responsible manner possible, and stimulating our local economy by creating jobs. Considered by many to be one of the hardest working commissioners, he’s the chairperson of the Public Services Committee, previously served as the chairperson of the Ethics Committee and also served on two other committees (Finance and Human Resources).

We sincerely hope one of your priorities on November 8 will be reelecting Bill Dwyer to the Oakland County Commission!

John Kastran, President
Farmington Hills Firefighters Association