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November 4, 2013

City Council 2013: Jay Rogers

CENTERVILLE — 1. What is your background? Job(s), family, education, expertise, qualifications, etc.: I have been president of my own company for several years. Prior to that I was Director of Training and VP of Sales with a Financial Service company located in Texas. My wife Patsy and I have two wonderful children, Jennifer and Elizabeth. I also have two grandchildren, Ally 9 and Gabby 8. My education and expertise has always been in marketing and business development. For the last several years, I have been president of my own company (JRg Jay Rogers Group). It is a business development company that helps businesses that are not performing at the level they need to be. My job is to turn the companies around with the processes and procedures it will take to improve their efficiencies and profitability. I think my experience in helping these companies will help me in being a City Councilman. It has taught me to listen, be sensitive to the needs of the people involved, transparence in what I do so there is no question as to how improvement is going to be achieved, and finally being accountable to the people that have put me there.

I have also served on the Centerville Airport Commission as chairperson for three years. During that time, along with other improvements, we were able to secure a $439,000 grant to purchase the additional land needed to maintain FAA Certification. For the past four months I have served as co-chairman of the Appanoose Conservation Foundation.

2. Why should people vote for you?: Based on my background, I bring a fresh look at Centerville’s city government. One of my key talents is I listen very well when people or constituents are talking to me. I want to help make Centerville a better place to live and raise our families. I would like to build enough value in Centerville that our children will have the desire to come back after college to work and help grow Centerville. I want to have a vote in the changes that are needed to make all that happen. 

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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