November 2, 2004
Fountain Hills officials said they wanted to hear residents’ public safety concerns and what ideas they might have for public safety programs.
To that end, the Town Council has appointed seven residents with backgrounds in law enforcement, fire and emergency services, nursing and community activism to the town’s new Public Safety Commission.
The council created the commission to educate residents on existing public safety services and to act as an advocate for public safety providers, said Town Manager Tim Pickering. The commission will hold its first meeting in early December, he said.
The council began the search for candidates in March, and 25 people expressed interest, Mayor Wally Nichols said. Eighteen responded to interview requests, and the council appointed seven to the panel on Oct. 7.
The members are George Aliory, Rodney Covey, Robert Hoffman, Paul Kolwaite, Kathy Krogstad, Larry Moyse and Joseph Mullen.
The Public Safety Commission will serve as an advisory body to the council, but will not have power to administer public safety, said Councilman John
Kavanagh, an instructor of criminal justice at Scottsdale Community College.
"We want input from the community on how fire and police services can be improved," he said. "We also want the community’s involvement in volunteer educational programs."
Pickering said examples of what the commission might do include communicating the town’s emergency preparedness strategy to residents, identifying the need for a youth crime prevention program and supporting neighborhood watch programs.
The seven commissioners will serve staggered two-year terms except Kolwaite and Hoffman, who will serve oneyear terms, Nichols said.