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Election 2010: Victor Hernandez will run for Truckee Fire board

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Greyson Howard/Sierra SunVictor Hernandez, a 13-year Truckee resident.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; With three seats opening in November and recent controversy swirling, long-time firefighter Victor Hernandez has announced plans to run for the Truckee Fire Protection District Board.

A 13-year Truckee resident, Hernandez served 23 years as a firefighter and paramedic with North Tahoe Fire Protection District, and has worked with Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Sierra Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency, Sierra College and other organizations for disaster preparedness and emergency medicine instruction.

and#8220;I’ve always been interested in politics and I’ve talked about running for the board for quite a while,and#8221; Hernandez said. and#8220;I see it as a continuation of my community service.and#8221;

Recent issues and#8212; from permit problems at the Glenshire Fire Station to the ambulance dispute in Olympic Valley, along with concerns about board conduct and the eventual decision by the board in June to put Chief Bryce Keller on paid leave and choose to not seek a contract extension in December and#8212; finally convinced Hernandez to run this year, he said.

and#8220;When I started attending meetings I noticed things happening and I was taken aback and#8212; it didn’t seem like the board was getting complete information, and so I wondered how informed the board was in making decisions,and#8221; Hernandez said.

That flow of information and#8212; both between the board and the district and among the district, other government agencies and the public in general, will be key moving forward, he said.

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That means making meeting agendas and addendums more available, and soliciting public comment more actively, he said and#8212; as well as taking public comment to heart.

Hernandez said he plans on going over the district’s finances carefully, if elected in November.

and#8220;I want to make sure all the money is being spent correctly, and revisit the benefit assessment to make sure that’s being spent correctly,and#8221; Hernandez said.

Cinsidering the board’s decision to not renew Keller’s contract, Hernandez said fiscal management will be a key asset in a new chief.

and#8220;I think it’s time to look at a person who has experience running a multi-million dollar company,and#8221; Hernandez said.

The declaration of candidacy and nomination paper period for the Nov. 2 general election begins July 12 and ends on Aug. 6.