Seeking a full four-year term on the Cameron Park Community Services District is Sean Tucker, 45. He, his wife and their two children have lived in Cameron Park for the last 20 years.
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A board member since June of 2011 when he was appointed to take the place of another director who had resigned, Tucker also serves as Chairperson of the Fire & Emergency Services Committee and the CC&R Committee.
Citing his experience on the board and as a manager of Placer Title Company as qualifications for the job, he said, “I work in a highly competitive private industry. I’ve been a manager and have had to make difficult personnel decisions and cuts and salary reductions and layoffs. I have experience in that and also in sales and marketing. In my business, service is paramount and so important to our success and I see residents of Cameron Park as our customers.”
Tucker said being appointed to the board was his first exposure to going to board meetings on a regular basis. Prior to that, he only went when he had an issue he wanted resolved.
He said he wanted to serve a full term because being a board member had been a very good experience overall. “I knew it would be a challenge and I didn’t go into it with any false expectations,” he said. “It continues to be a challenge with the budget and we continue to monitor that throughout the year. It’s been great to live in Cameron Park and now I have some extra time to give back to the community.”
As far as accomplishments, he said the board’s most important one was ending the last fiscal year with a budget surplus. “It was very good news,” he said. “I’m very appreciative of the general manager and staff making that happen as well as the community. Most of the savings were in the fire department contract. In some years you’re going to have a surplus and other years you don’t know how it’s going to turn out.
“We have to be vigilant so we can have another surplus next year. We need to put money into reserves for the fire department and the rest of the district. Money also needs to be put aside for repairs, improvements, and equipment replacement. One of my main goals is doing whatever I can to get the community center more usage. We’re making strides but can grow that. Those are the two most important goals I have.”
Tucker, who usually is not targeted during the often testy exchanges between the board and certain residents, had these comments about the meetings. “Members of the public have the right to discuss whatever is on their mind regarding the district,” he said. “It’s an important part of the process and I appreciate and respect their comments and the time they give. I listen to what they have to say and there are some good comments and ideas that come from that. But I think a certain level of decorum is needed. Normally we have a very busy agenda and we need to keep moving forward to take care of district business. That’s the main purpose of the board meetings.”
As far as opportunities for the district, Tucker said they want to continue to expand the use of the community center and the general manager and staff are working on that.”The community center opened at a time of a pretty severe economic recession but we want to look at where we could be at in a couple of years when the economy improves,” he said.
He said he believes people are generally happy with district actions. “We hear a lot of positives about the district and the services we provide from people who don’t come to meetings but take advantage of events and services,” Tucker said. “People expect good events and good parks and I hear overwhelmingly positive comments about them.
“I really want to thank the general manager and staff and other directors. It’s been a very interesting and rewarding year and a half and if I’m back for another four years, then that’ll be great. I appreciate their assistance and also really appreciate the residents. They attend events and support the district’s programs and that’s what makes it a success.”
For residents wanting more information about Tucker’s campaign, his Website is electseantucker.com.