The Woodward News

November 3, 2012

Johnson, Phillips vie for county commission


Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Bill Phillips

What is your experience and what do you feel makes you qualified to be the next county commissioner from District 2?

I owned and operated a successful construction business for 35 years so have learned how to understand and deal with rules and regulations and with construction of all kinds going on in Woodward County. My experience as a contractor gives me the knowledge to make better education decision in matters such as the ongoing renovation of the Woodward County Fairgrounds.

My experience as a Fire Chief has put in command of and organizing many pieces of equipment and personnel in all kids of situations such as fires, storms and tornadoes in Woodward County.  Also, to do the job you have to be able to work with your state and local governments and know how to communicate with your lawmakers and for the past 5 years I have went to Washington D. C. with the state fire marshal and state representatives, to talk to senators and representatives about grants and other programs for our county and state.



What is the most important job of the county commissioner?

Leadership - including but not limited to financing, being able to work things out with your co-workers, overseeing the duties of the foreman and all other workers to be as efficient as possible, knowing your district and doing what is best for your district as a whole are the most important aspects of being a commissioner.



Do you have specific plans for improving roads and bridges in your district?

I plan to drive each and every road with my foreman and create a priority list of, repair and maintenance of all roads and bridges according to their condition, safety and amount of travel of each.



Are there any changes you want to see made in the county?

There are things that I see that I think need to be changed but until I have studied the finances and looked at the rules that the County Commissioner has to go by and walked in the shoes of the commissioner, I feel I cannot make an accurate comment on them at this time.



Randy Johnson

What is your experience and what do you feel makes you qualified to be the next county commissioner from District 2?

I am always accountable for my decisions and actions. I am a very responsible person that always tries to be open minded and work with other people to resolve problems. I plan ahead so I can be prepared for most problems. In my 20 years of County experience I have been District #2 Receiving Officer. I have been District #2 Inventory Officer. I can operate all County equipment and I have many hours experience fighting wildfires with equipment and many hours of safety training. I have been involved in installing roadside erosion control practices. I feel that my knowledge and experience in road and bridge construction and my leadership ability make me the most qualified person for this job.



What is the most important job of the county commissioner?

Developing personnel policies, approving bids for major purchases or construction projects, and approving the purchase of operating supplies and equipment are just a few of the things a County Commissioner is responsible for, besides constructing and maintaining county roads. Most people think that a County Commissioner is mainly responsible for maintaining and constructing County roads and bridges, while these are important duties required by the office of County Commissioner I feel that the County Commissioners most important job is balancing the budget so that all the County offices are funded and work well together .These duties along with strong leadership and decision making, make a good County Commissioner.



Do you have specific plans for improving roads and bridges in your district?

With fuel prices as high as they are, closed roads affect the daily expenses of Farmers, Ranchers, Schools and Mail Routes. I will work hard to keep all roads open and passable in bad weather conditions as well as good weather conditions. This means I will work hard to keep roads maintained at a high level , patch rock roads as needed, keep tree limbs trimmed back away from right always and keep tin horns clean for proper drainage. I will also apply for Grants and  State Transportation Projects for bridge replacement and asphalt over lay projects.





Are there any changes you want to see made in the county?

New Personal Policies such as being more efficient with County time and money, more efficient road maintenance practices, higher safety standards awareness and readiness  with a plan of action for natural disasters such as fires, floods and tornados, and I would like to be sure all small communities, camp grounds and parks have storm sirens