Dayhoff Westminster

Dayhoff Westminster Address: PO Box 124, Westminster MD 21158 410-259-6403

Saturday, December 30, 2017

I have no idea what I am doing

I would like to share a secret with all my  friends, in confidence  of course, I have no idea what I am doing. Just saying.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 2, 2017: Westminster City Council candidate: Ann Thomas Gilbert

May 2, 2017: Westminster City Council candidate: Ann Thomas Gilbert

Profession: Adult Service Case worker for the Department of Social Services

Years Experience: 18+ years

Education: McDaniel College- Master of Science in Counseling Education; May 2009; University of Maryland Baltimore County, Bachelor of Arts; 1989

Community Groups involved in: Member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster, Member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Carroll Leadership Class of 2012, and Member of the Healthy Aging Leadership Team

Past Political Experience: None

Campaign priorities

1. Public safety- This is a multifaceted issue that needs to be addressed more vigorously and with greater focus. Improved public safety includes efforts to reduce the sale and use of drugs, to develop options for our homeless population and to deal with the crime issue. We need to collaborate with our service agencies and law enforcement to seek their suggestions and input. Partnering with local colleges, the health department, and local agencies to expand services will help to address these issues. By sharing our ideas and resources together we can progress toward a safer more attractive community. Offering more downtown family activities such as the successful Flower and Jazz fest, the wine stroll, and concerts in the park will increase exposure to all the city has to offer and will create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

2. Utilizing the Broadband project to attract new business and create jobs is an effort that needs continued support. This service puts our City in the forefront of modern technology to expand and develop business opportunities. By creating a business friendly atmosphere, we will stimulate economic growth. This accompanied with efforts to support law enforcement to reduce crime and the sale and use of drugs will make the downtown area safer and more appealing to our citizens and to future businesses.

3. Improving communication between the city administration, the council and the citizens of Westminster. To do this we can begin to broadcast council meetings on local programming. Create a newsletter from the council and to offer informal activities to enable communication with citizens; such as scheduled walks in neighborhoods, meet and greet sessions at local restaurants or business. This will allow us as representatives of your city to hear your concerns and hopefully praises as well.

Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Carroll County Times - Letter: Police salaries in Carroll among lowest in state

Carroll County Times - Letter: Police salaries in Carroll among lowest in state

February 4, 2017 by Brandon Holland, Westminster, The writer is the president of Carroll County FOP Lodge 20.

Recently, the Carroll County Times reported on our sheriff and state's attorney seeking pay increases for the next election cycle. A related editorial asked whether the salaries for Carroll County employees' are too low. I am the president of Carroll County's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 20, and I am writing to confirm that Carroll County has some of the lowest-paid police in the state.

Every day the national media has a story about a police shooting, or a negative article claiming misconduct by an officer. The Times recently printed an article on local deputies leaving for higher pay or to start another career outside of law enforcement ("Sheriff's Office Loses Three Deputies" – Jan. 13, 2017). One deputy left the agency to start an entirely new career, citing the current negative atmosphere in law enforcement as his reason for leaving. Thankfully, that negative atmosphere is not evident in Carroll County and law enforcement is very well supported by our citizens.

Law enforcement personnel in Carroll County do an outstanding job, frequently resorting to their training and experience to diffuse and de-escalate difficult situations that could've brought the national spotlight to Carroll County. The crime rate in Carroll County is low and has been for years. That low crime rate is directly attributable to the quality of policing in the county. The same policing that is being underpaid. Compared to agencies of similar size and responsibilities like Harford, Frederick and St. Mary's counties, Carroll County Sheriff's patrol deputies are paid on average 11 percent lower than those agencies. The disparity continues as a deputy goes up in rank and takes on additional responsibilities, with an average of 20-30 percent lower pay than these same agencies. This is also the case for corrections deputies and officers from Carroll municipalities as they are paid significantly lower salaries across the board than their counterparts in other counties.

It is not my intention to paint a picture of doom and gloom as there are a lot of good benefits to working in Carroll County and I know that Carroll County Sheriff's deputies take special pride in the quality of their work. Nor should the current situation be attributed to the current Board of Commissioners as they inherited this problem; however, they do have an opportunity to right the ship and I think it is incumbent on them to do so.

Brandon Holland, Westminster, The writer is the president of Carroll County FOP Lodge 20.

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