Brian Miller — Barrie Ward 8 Candidate
My wife Shari and I moved to Barrie in 1988, and we have resided in Allandale for all 30 years.
We chose Barrie to raise our three daughters as it offered a small-town feel, favourable amenities and a wonderful waterfront.
Professional background: Police officer (Retired Staff Sergeant)
I retired with 31 years of Exemplary Service in Policing, seven years with Toronto Police and 24 years with Innisfil/South Simcoe Police. I managed E911 communications, courts, training, community services and auxiliary policing. I have experience in front-line policing, forensic identification and domestic violence.
I received a concentration certificate from Dalhousie University (Henson College) in police leadership administration, inclusive of budgeting and financial management of police services. I have taken Georgian College Ontario Management Development Program courses, and I’m educated in labour relations and human rights through my 16 years as association president and seven years as a director with the Police Association of Ontario.
Why I am a good candidate:
I am retired which will allow me the opportunity to represent your interests on a full-time basis. I recognize the benefits of providing good public service, along with the complexities and difficulties experienced by people living within our community. I have extensive experience in one of the City’s largest budgetary items. I have interacted with all levels of government.
Objectives if elected:
I appreciate that residents desire a zero per cent tax increase, although we must contemplate service levels and the impact on future infrastructure. Identifying inefficiencies and prioritizing our needs over our wants will assist in stabilizing taxes and holding increases closer to the consumer price index (inflation).
I will ensure smart growth in our annexed lands and urban intensification areas. Good planning can reduce gridlock.
Barrie cannot sustain itself on residential population growth alone; we need to do better attracting industry and employment. We need a community where people can work, live and play.
I support implementing a Heritage Strategy so we can preserve Barrie’s cultural heritage while being mindful of individual property owner’s rights.