What will be your top three priorities if elected justice of the peace and what steps will you take to achieve those goals?
A. My first priority would be to achieve an organized transition of responsibilities and ensure that any deadlines or critical hearings or functions are identified and handled. The steps to achieve this goal would be: (1) attend court hearings; (2) set up meetings with key personnel; and (3) review any pending deadlines from the court docket and from staff personnel.
B. My second priority would be to begin a study and assessment of the office to increase efficiency and productivity. The steps to achieve this goal include: (1) studying the job descriptions of each staff member; (2) interviewing each staff member; (3) obtaining staff input, concerns and opinions; (4) developing a working best practices manual; and (5) initiating weekly staff meetings to coordinate activities within the office and to identify and resolve issues before they become problems.
C. My third goal is to work with the community at large. I will invite and listen to input from organizations, parents and teachers and continually strive to improve the legal services provided by the justice of peace court.
How can court efficiency or other areas of court operations be improved and what are your plans to do so if elected?
Court efficiency is addressed above in items (a) through (c). I will honor the public trust. I will not have any competing individual law practice. I will be a full-time judge and I will continually strive to be fair and impartial and improve organization and efficiency. I will not decide an issue hastily or on emotion. Each time I take the bench I will remind myself of Deuteronomy 1:16: “And I charged your judges at the time, saying, hear the causes between our brethren and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.”