Sykesville Town Council candidate profile: Mark Dyer
Apr 19, 2019 at 11:30 AM
Ahead of this spring’s municipal elections, the Carroll County Times has asked candidates to provide information on themselves and their priorities. Their responses are listed here in full.
Mark Dyer is running for one of three open Sykesville Town Council seats against incumbent Anna Carter, Jane Mergler and Jeremiah Schofield. Here are Dyer’s responses.
I am a retired computer scientist and manager. I have a BS in Computer Science from the Engineering College of the Michigan State University and an MS in Computer Science from the Engineering College of the Johns Hopkins University. I worked for the federal government for almost 39 years. In that time, I also gained experience in management, moving from team leader to branch chief, to deputy division chief and finally, to chief of a division within the federal agency that I worked for. Along with this experience, I attained the mid-level management certification and Level II acquisition certification. This is an advanced certification, federally mandated for people involved with the acquisition of products and services using federal tax dollars. I am, for now, a member of Sykesville’s Ethics commission. I have never run for public office. My family and I have lived in Sykesville for 23 years.
Why do you want to serve in this role?
I want to keep Sykesville going on the track that it currently is on.
How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?
I have served the people of the United States for many years and know that I can serve the people of Sykesville in the same dedicated manner. How I will do it is the way I have for decades, I will put the taxpayers above suppliers and the needs of all above the desires of a few. I will balance necessary changes against the toll it will have on all of us. I will seek to provide needed services but in the most fiscally prudent manner possible.
Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.
One must first seek to understand. Forces applied indiscriminately are dangerous. I would seek to learn the subtle knowledge that I would need to know to be effective as a member of the Town Council. In you insist upon me providing a short-term goal, I would have to say providing battery recycling services for Sykesville with a goal of moving to generalized electronic recycling services for Sykesville. We are a mobile society and our electronic devices often change.
What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?
As a manager, I have taken classes in necessary topics like procurement, negotiating and applying leadership knowledge and skills to accomplishing goals. Far too many people think that simply living makes them skilled at leadership. National politics proves this to be false.
What one thing would you most like to see changed?
As I previously stated, battery recycling services for Sykesville with a goal of providing generalized electronic recycling services for Sykesville. I want to be clear here, I am not running for Sykesville Town Council to affect radical change or as someone who “wants to throw those bums out.” I think Sykesville is in good condition. It is going where it needs to go. I wish to aid the Mayor, the Town Council, the employees of Sykesville and the citizen volunteers as they continue to keep Sykesville on track.
What are your campaign priorities?
Manage growth responsibly. The most important priority.
Hire a Town Manager. The most urgent priority.
Ensure taxes are spent wisely. A priority that should always be part of anything we do.
The current budget proposed by Sykesville, proposed by both its employees as well as the Mayor and Town Council, has already allocated what the money will be used for; infrastructure spending. Not a glamorous goal but a vital one. This is often the case regarding government. The glamorous gets all of the attention but simple infrastructure spending is the most important. Don’t agree? Ask your town to not keep your street in working order. Ask them not to provide police protection or snow plowing. Wait a few weeks and see how you reconsider your actions.
Growth is inevitable. It cannot be stopped, nor should it be. It must be done but it must be done in a fiscally prudent, environmentally aware and people focused manner. We must seek to avoid increasing traffic congestion while adding desired businesses and services.