The Union Recorder

Election 2013

October 30, 2013

District 5 Q&A: Richard Mullins

Incumbent Richard Mullins Jr. is a lifelong resident of Milledgeville and most importantly of District 5.

District 5 Q&A: Richard Mullins

Incumbent Richard Mullins Jr. is a lifelong resident of Milledgeville and most importantly of District 5. He is a graduate of Baldwin High School and Georgia Military College. He served in the United States Army for three years was a captain at the Baldwin County Fire Department. He retired after 23 years of service. He has two children, Kelly and Jason.
 
Q: Why should citizens of your district vote for you?

A: I have been an effective leader in my district for the past 13 years. I have stayed in constant communication with the constituents of this district and have listened to their concerns. I have always responded to the concerns of my constituents and acted in the best interest of my district and the City of Milledgeville. I have developed and maintained a good working relationship with many of the citizens in District 5 and I am always available when they call. I have the training and leadership skills to be a good and effective councilmember.

 
Q: How would you define your job as mayor/councilman/councilwoman?

A: My job as a councilman is, along with other council members, to set the policies, procedures and operational guidelines for the City administrators. We also establish an annual operational budget for the City and each department and subsidiary. My job involves acting as overseer of the city’s revenue and expenditures. Currently the City is in a good, sound financial condition and it can be attributed in part to my leadership and direction. It is important that we work together as a team. 
 
Q: Will support allowing a unification measure to go to ballot for citizens to decide — yes or no? Please explain your answer.

A: Currently, I do not believe there is enough factual information to properly answer this question. There are too many unknown variables for me to provide a definitive response. Before this issue is presented to the citizens, the neutral facts and cost of consolidation should be provided to the citizens. I don’t feel that it is fair to the citizens to put anything on a ballot when they have not been presented with the proper facts and the pros and cons of this issue.

   
Q: How will you implement your vision for Milledgeville?

A: My vision: to become a true diversified community where everyone will have an opportunity to succeed here. We have to aggressively seek ways to provide jobs and attract young professionals. We also have to make sure that we stay abreast with new and innovative technology. I will remain actively involved in discussions and decisions that will bring about progressive change and continue to move Milledgeville forward. I want to continue to be a part of the regional commission to make sure that Milledgeville is out front and taken into consideration when decisions that affect our community are being made. In order to implement this vision, our leaders will have to think outside of the box. 

 

Q: What should the city do to address emergency service issues/concerns with the county? 

 

A: The city and the county elected officials and administrators are sitting down at the table to discuss and work out the issues facing use with respect to emergency services for this community. I will make sure that we provide services that are in the best interest and the overall safety of the citizens of Milledgeville.
 
Q: Do you feel the city’s ethics policy makes a strong enough statement? Should changes be made to the policy?

A: The City of Milledgeville and its elected officials all share a common commitment to ethical conduct in service to their community. The Ethics Policy was written and adopted to make the public aware that we strive to abide by certain standards as a part of our service to the community. The policy speaks for itself. I am sure that from time to time the body of elected officials will re-visit the policy to make changes and revisions when necessary.
 
Q: What, if anything, do you feel the city should have done differently in handling its first ethics complaint under the new policy?

A: The City had a policy and used the guidelines that were established in the policy to address the ethics complaint. It is my belief that the policy was followed by the Ethics Committee. The members of the Ethics Committee were very thorough in fulfilling the duties as a committee and they rendered a decision based on the information presented and the guidelines of the policy.

 

Q: How can city officials strengthen communication between city and county leaders and departments?

A: We are presently meeting with the county officials on a regular basis. These regular meetings were not held in the past. This is a great start to strengthen the communication between the leaders and departments for both entities.   
 

Q: As a member of Council, how will you support the Central State Hospital redevelopment efforts?

A: As a councilmember, I voted to provide financial support of the LRDC. I believe that the Central State Hospital redevelopment efforts will be one of the ways to provide services and new jobs to our community. The plans that are being made for Central State Hospital’s repurposing is vital to the south side of town. This is one way to begin the process of providing jobs to young professionals and will bring in a more diversified workforce.  
 
Q: What is your view of the chain of command in city government and who holds city officials accountable?

A: The chain of command for city government is established by the city charter. I agree with the current “chain of command.” I was on council and supported the change in the government so that we could have a fulltime, professional managing the City. The residents of the City of Milledgeville hold City officials accountable for their actions. 
 
Q: How will you support the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Communiversity project at the former Shaw building and what other efforts can be made to retain young professionals in this community after they graduate?

A: I have already shown my support of the Shaw building and the Milledgeville Communiversity project. As a councilmember I am supportive of and actively taking part in discussions on ways to bring young professionals and diversity into our community. We are engaging in discussions with various organizations and groups, and participating in dialogue to address all anticipated concerns. This is another project that I feel with be very beneficial to our community.

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