Dana Foley announced his candidacy for the Loveland City Council seat held by Kathi Wright, saying he wanted to refocus the council on public safety and “get back to basics” of city government.
The former firefighter and EMT said he decided to come forward after seeing the feuds between members of Loveland’s current council, concluding that the city government should stop spending time on “personal blood feuds.”
“Our police and first responders need help and they need good leadership to guide them,” he said. “There are changes that need to be made, and one of the bright spots I can make is that professional perspective.”
Foley is one of three candidates for the Ward II seat this fall, along with Wright and his compatriot Doug Luithly. Wright was elected to represent the city’s westernmost neighborhood in 2017; his four-year term expires this fall.
Foley outlined his budgeting priorities, starting with fully funding the “basics” of infrastructure and public safety, then investing in parks and recreation facilities and finally in other social programs.
He criticized the time it took the city to budget for repairs for alleged security risks and other installation issues at two Loveland Fire Rescue Authority stations.
“Our fire stations are threatened with closure due to security concerns. It should never, ever happen, ”he said. “And that’s not something that just happened yesterday. It should have been detailed and not become a tax issue. “
Former LFRA chief Mark Miller warned the council in May that firefighters could be pulled from Station No.3 in about three years if no investment is made. The city has since included funds to make improvements to Station # 3 in its 2022 budget.
The failed sales tax voting measures in 2019 and 2020 could, in part, have been used to fund improvements to fire stations.
Foley also mentioned the need to ensure adequate personnel and provide first responders with necessary training, mental health resources and other supports. He stressed that his experience as a first responder would make him a valuable board member as he deals with the fallout from Karen Garner’s violent arrest in 2020.
“When you have an incident like the one that happened to Karen, there is clearly a breakdown,” he said, noting that it took several months for the details of the arrest to be worked out. ‘investigation. “Where did it break down and how did it break down?” “
He also mentioned wanting to reduce license and permit fees for businesses, arguing that these costs are systematically passed on to citizens, and said he believed the city could be more strategic in negotiating tax incentives for businesses. companies.
Other proposals he had to encourage business included a grant program offering capital expansion fee waivers to small developers and developing a local version of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Opportunity Zones.
While he described himself as a “conservative guided by Christian principles,” he said he hoped to help heal partisan divisions within the council and that he would not tolerate the disrespect among the members. board members, whatever their political opinions.
“I’m not going to be complacent when I see a lack of respect on both sides. We need to have an environment where we can have constructive conversations, and that’s what we need to come back to, ”he said.
“My whole life has been dedicated to protecting people… and I want to be that voice for our community. “
In addition to working as a first responder, Foley has experience in risk management and EMS training.
Foley served in the United States Army between 1989 and 1993 and was stationed at Fort Carson. After leaving the army, he returned to Colorado for good in 1994, eventually settling in Berthoud. About three years ago, he married his wife, Kristy Hall, and moved to Loveland.
The city’s municipal elections will take place on November 2.