THE MONARCH CONCERNED TAXPAYERS WERE THRILLED TO LEARN THIS WEEK THAT RICK GANS WAS APPOINTED BY DIRECTORS HARRIS AND CUNNINGHAM TO FILL THE DIRECTOR SEAT THAT BECAME VACANT WHEN UNION BOARD MEMBER STEVE SWYERS RESIGNED LAST MONTH.

While we expected this to be the outcome, we are nonetheless very pleased that Mr. Gans will be returning to the Board of Directors after a 4 year absence.  Mr. Gans always represented the taxpayers well and we expect this to continue.  The message delivered in April 2013 and repeated in April 2015 was loud and clear.  We want Board members who answer to us and not the powerful Firefighters’Union.   Returning Rick Gans to the Board of Directors assures that will be the case.

We have been calling for an improved relationship with the Union and maybe now that will occur, if the Union members demand it of their leadership.  We do appreciate the important work performed by the Monarch firefighters and paramedics and sincerely hope they can work with this excellent Board in the future.