Wrapping up BCB’s Election 2015 podcast series, we have a lively and enlightening conversation with unopposed Fire Department commissioner candidates, Scott Isenman and Tim Carey. Scott is running for re-election to Position 1 and Tim for his first elected 6-year term for Position 5 on the 5-member board.
Commissioner Isenman has been on the commission for eight years. He is a healthcare project manager for hospital systems, and lives on a boat in our harbor with his wife, 17-year old son, and 10-year old cocker spaniel. He has been an EMT with Bainbridge Ambulance for many years.
Candidate Tim Carey has been involved with the Fire Department for six years, including as a volunteer fire responder and an interim Fire Commissioner for six months in 2013. He lives on Bainbridge with his wife and two children, and is a soccer coach.
In this 30-minute podcast, each candidate was given two minutes to answer each of the following six questions that they had been given in advance:
- Why did you decide to run (or run for re-election) for Fire Commissioner?
- What relevant experience and skills do you bring to the position?
- How is the Fire Department doing? What are some of its unsolved problems?
- What are some key challenges that you believe will face the Fire Department in the next six years?
- What are the most important outcomes you’d like to accomplish during your 2016-21 term?
- What style of interaction do you (plan to) bring to the Fire Commission – with the other Commissioners, with the Fire Department staff, and with community members?
On Bainbridge Island, we have separate governmental units for the City, the Park & Recreation District, the Kitsap Regional Library, the School District, and the Fire Department, each of which elects representatives for 4 or 6 year terms (6 years in the case of the Fire Department). On Bainbridge, while our Police Department works for the City, our fire fighters & EMTs work for the Fire Department; and the Fire Chief reports to the Board of Fire Commissioners much as a CEO reports to a board of directors.
Credits: BCB host: Channie Peters; BCB editor and social media publisher: Barry Peters.