Election 2010: Interview with Truckee Fire board candidate Gerald Herrick | SierraSun.com

Election 2010: Interview with Truckee Fire board candidate Gerald Herrick

Greyson Howard/Sierra SunGerald Herrick.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Gerald Herrick, a six-year resident, has a background in public education in California, working in various positions from teacher to principal to superintendent, eventually becoming the director of student services for more than 10,000 students in Berkeley.

and#8220;I’ve attended thousands of public meetings and worked as a liaison with police, fire and other outside agencies, so I understand the Brown Act and California Open Meeting laws,and#8221; Herrick said. and#8220;I know how to conduct public meetings effectively, backward and forward.and#8221;

This, Herrick said, is something the fire board needs.

He said his interest in the fire district started a few years back as the president of his homeowners association, when the group had some questions about response times to a fire in the neighborhood.

and#8220;The firefighters were fantastic but we didn’t feel that there was an openness with us. Nothing to do with the firefighters and#8212; it had to do with response times and dispatch issues,and#8221; Herrick said.

From there, Herrick said he started receiving agenda packets, and when the recent issues came up in the district over the past few months, he started talking about running for the board.

and#8220;As I watched the fire district board operate I didn’t see the packets being complete, issues weren’t being reviewed carefully, I didn’t feel they were asking the chief any hard questions, and particularly they didn’t seem open to the public,and#8221; Herrick said.

To improve outreach, Herrick said he’s formed a citizen working group and spoken with the chiefs of North Tahoe Fire and Squaw Valley Fire. If elected, he said he would suggest citizen advisory groups on issues like the hiring of a new chief, the budget and ambulance service.

and#8220;Because of the passivity and lack of accountability on the board, it’s time for a change, time to give the community a chance to renew its confidence in the board,and#8221; Herrick said.

Herrick has served on Truckee Day, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District Conservation Committee, Airport Community Advisory Team and the Tahoe Forest Hospital Measure C Oversight Committee, he said.

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