The Rumors are True

by monnicamanuel

Why, with three teenagers at home, a business and a non-profit organization to run, would I do such a thing?

It’s Saturday afternoon, we just got home from our son’s basketball game and as I sat writing my “vision for the city” between loads of laundry, it struck me as a funny combination. But in a way, I feel it represents the pragmatic and the theoretical, working in tandem like they should. Our city finds itself 11 months away from the next election with an empty Mayoral seat due to Mayor Wall’s recent resignation, and yes, I decided to throw my name in the mix.

I believe in transparency, in business, in government and in my life (which is a fine concept until you have to apply it and then it’s not always so easy).  So now that my submission is official I felt that the same information that the five-member council will use to select the person that fills the interim role should be made available to the residents of the City, prior to Wednesday night’s interview and Council vote.

Wednesday’s public “job interview” will be a little crazy and entirely educational.  I look forward to hearing what the other applicants and the City Council members have to say.

At the request of the City Council, here is the information I provided as part of my application to become the City of Taylorsville’s interim Mayor.

200-word Statement of Qualification

During my 16-year-career as an employee and entrepreneur, I’ve worked with businesses large and small.  I’ve successfully competed for business in the Southern California market, working with Xerox Corporation and since managed brand relationships with the likes of Franklin Covey, Overstock.com, Rich Dad/Poor Dad and Jack Canfield’s Success Principles.  My business acumen has been developed through leading diverse, collaborative groups to solve complicated problems.  From budgetary issues to large-scale, social-media marketing campaigns, I am passionate about the processes that make economies thrive, and I love what I do.

I believe that my years as a communications and negotiations professional, along with my experience managing many different teams of people make me uniquely qualified to lead as an executive for our city.

My husband and I have volunteered and led large volunteer groups in our local communities throughout our entire marriage, serving through community outreach, including the facilitation of four, 13-week sessions of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.

In 2008 I founded a local non-profit organization, fighting human trafficking and currently serve as the organization’s Vice Chair.  I am excited to apply my gifts in the public sector.

Vision for the Future of Taylorsville

I look forward to working with members of the Council, the administrative staff and all city employees to provide the highest quality of services possible.

Together we can maintain and grow:

A quality infrastructure (streets, gas, water & sewer) for current needs and future growth.

A beautiful community with streetscapes that we can be proud of in the years ahead.

A thriving economy, conducive to the health and prosperity of families and businesses.

A system of safety infrastructure that will protect citizens and first responders.

I believe that we can work together to:

Build on the city’s tradition of stewardship in handling municipal services and business-friendly management by progressive-thinking leaders.

Add to Taylorsville’s quality of life, safety and amenities, which provide a solid foundation for successful businesses.

Carry on Taylorsville’s commitment to working in partnership with successful and growing businesses to provide modern facilities, maintain competitive costs, and support strong logistics infrastructure.

As a community we have many challenges ahead of us, and with the community’s support, guidance and input, we can meet these head on. I am committed to working with the numerous advisory boards and committees that include citizens who have volunteered their time and energy in serving their community. As we all work together as a community, we can continue to be proud to call Taylorsville our home.

Together we will work to enhance what we have been given from those who have preceded us in the governing of Taylorsville, and to leave a legacy for those who will come after us.

Resume MonnicaManuel

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