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EAST LAKE TARPON SPECIAL FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT, FIRE COMMISSION

Three seats are up for election on Tuesday. The commissioners have authority over and manage the East Lake Fire Rescue budget.

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Seat 1

Flo Galloway, 74 Paul Ferrari, 54
Was a university administrator at Bowling Green State and Wright State universities in Ohio, and at St. Petersburg College and National Louis University in Florida. At two of those, she worked in collective bargaining. Later, she was a human resources manager in the banking industry and then co-owner of a small construction supply business. For five years, she represented more than 60,000 women on a national sorority's executive board. Experience Has more than 30 years' experience in the insurance and investment industries as a certified public accountant. As a financial adviser, he helps clients with retirement, estate and business planning.
Three degrees from Ohio State University: bachelor of science in education, master of arts in education and doctorate in higher education administration with a minor in business. Education Bachelor of arts degree in accounting from St. Peter's College, Jersey City, N.J.
Has been on the East Lake Tarpon Fire Commission for 31/2 years, serving as chairman since January. Served as secretary of her homeowners association. Has been on the administrative board of her church and in the choir. Helped her late husband, Jim Galloway, who was also a fire commissioner, with his charity fundraising activities. Recently learned to paint faces and has volunteered her skill with the Shriners and for East Lake Fire Rescue events. Community involvement Chairman of the East Lake Tarpon firefighters pension fund board, and a board member and past chairman of the East Lake Community Library advisory board as well as Junior Achievement of West Central Florida. Past board member for Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity.
"Meeting the demands of the budget. … We don't want to go back to the taxpayers and ask for more money. We don't want to cut our personnel and the services to our community. We just have to manage our resources very, very wisely." Most pressing issue "The world is in a whole different place financially. They (the Fire Commission) pass the budget once a year and then they spend it. I believe that spending decisions need to be made on a more frequent basis. I have lived in a world where the return on investment is revered and I will approach district business with the same business sense."
Adjunct professor, teaches social psychology and introduction to basic research at ITT Technical Institute in Tampa. Occupation A financial adviser with AXA Advisors LLC, based in Tampa
One son Personal Wife, Marilyn, two daughters
gowithflo@msn.com E-mail pferreri@tampabay.rr.com

Seat 3

W.F. "Bill" Cannon Jr., 69 Wayne Ferguson, 62
Has 22 years experience in law enforcement. He says the profession is similar to firefighting in that both respond to those in trouble or in need and both professions require instant decisions based on knowledge, training and experience. He started his career as a patrol officer, then worked as a field training instructor, a marksmanship instructor, a hostage negotiator, a crime scene investigator and a narcotics investigator. Experience An Air Force veteran, he worked as a customs inspector. As a civilian, he was a government contracting officer for 15 years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Then for 20 years he has been a contracts manager at CAE, USA Inc., a company in Tampa that makes aircraft simulators.
Bachelor of science in criminal justice from Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. Education Two degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio: a bachelor of science in business and a master's in business administration.
Has served on the East Lake Tarpon Fire Commission for 12 years, as vice chairman for the past two years and as chairman in the past. In his homeowners association, he has served as coordinator and vice president in the past, and as president until recently. In past years, he was president of a Junior Chamber of Commerce, coached girls slow pitch softball and Little League and was chairman of the Miss Iowa beauty pageant. Community involvement Was an East Lake fire commissioner for eight years, from 1992 to 2000. He has been a trained volunteer with the station's CERT program for about two years. In Ohio, he was a volunteer and then part-time lieutenant firefighter and paramedic.
"If there's any pressing issue, it is going to be the EMS funding between Pinellas County and all the different fire departments in the county. Things are going along with East Lake Fire so well that we really have no problems or situations that we're concerned about. We have tremendous employees. We have a fire chief and his staff who do an outstanding job and make the job of the commissioners much easier. And we have a commission that for the past four years has been functioning very smoothly." Most pressing issue "We need to make sure, during these days of decreasing tax budget and economic uncertainty, that the citizens of East Lake continue to receive the best available fire and EMS services. There has been a movement afoot by some to consolidate all the county's EMS and fire services into one department. ... I'm just afraid if that happens, the quality of services may suffer." He also says pay must keep pace with surrounding fire departments. "We need to make sure that we pay our fire and EMS personnel enough to keep them."
Retired law enforcement. Occupation Contracts manager at CAE, USA, Inc. in Tampa
Wife, Melody, two daughters, one son Personal Wife, Trudy, two sons
wfcannon@verizon.net E-mail bigferg@tampabay.rr.com

Seat 5

C. G. "Chuck" Schult, 78 Mark Weinkrantz, 51
Was a Marine pilot during the Korean War. Then for nearly 10 years, he was a mill metallurgist, ensuring that material was the right composition for making stainless steel, before moving to sales. After 42 years in the steel business, he retired from AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. as regional vice president of sales over 10 southern and south-western states. Experience Was an Air Force pilot for seven years. While in the service, he developed the emergency operating plan for an air base. As a civilian, he's been an airline pilot for 21 years and is employed by Northwest Airlines.
Bachelor of science in metallurgy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Education Bachelor of science in telecommunications from the University of Florida.
Has been on the East Lake Tarpon Fire Commission for the past seven years. Was president of a political action group that brought East Lake issues to the attention of county officials when East Lake was formed. Lobbied with the state to have the fire department made into an independent district that answers to the state, as it does now, and not to the county. He volunteers with Clearwater police one or two days a week and volunteers as Santa during the holiday season. Community involvement Three years ago, Weinkrantz developed East Lake's Community Emergency Response Team, a program that prepares community volunteers to assist authorities during emergencies like hurricanes. As chairman, Weinkrantz has trained more than 70 CERT volunteers and the group now has nearly 40 active members. He also mentors five children at risk in four schools for the Pinellas County Doorways scholarship program and is a member of the East Lake Sunrise Rotary Club.
"Continue to keep low ad valorem fire tax. That's really the only pressing issue we have at the fire department right now, keeping the taxes down and keeping quality up." Most pressing issue "Keeping the East Lake fire district strong to best serve the community in the face of budget cuts and threats of annexation from surrounding communities. I am looking to re-establish (the Fire Commission's) credibility at the county level."
Retired as regional vice president of sales for a specialty steel company Occupation Airline pilot for Northwest Airlines.
Wife, Louise, three sons Personal Wife, Lynne, one daughter, one son
steeldlr1@tampabay.rr.com E-mail wfirecomm@yahoo.com

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