(EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian Goetzmann has announced his candidacy and released this statement.)
My name is Brian Goetzmann. I am running for city councilman in Precinct 5. I would like to ask for your vote.
I began working with the City of Picayune Police Department on Aug. 1, 1973. I worked there for nine years, and then worked for the Picayune Utility and Tax Department for 13 years.
When Jim Luke became Chief of Police, he asked me to come to become a school resource officer. I have been serving in this capacity for the past 10 years.
The reason I am running for councilman is because I believe our city is bursting at the seams, and I want to be an integral part of that growth. I want to see laws and ordinances passed that will assist Picayune in becoming one of the best cities in Mississippi.
People who know me realize that if I tell them something, they can bank on it. If I tell a citizen I can help with a problem, then I will do 100 percent to help that person with the problem. On the other hand, if I cannot help someone with a problem, I will tell them that I can’t. I have never dodged a request. My first thought on every vote will be whether or not that issue will better our city.
Picayune has some of the best employees in the state. They deserve more accolades than I could give them. One of my goals is to see city employees are better paid. The Picayune Police Department is nationally accredited. Yet of 18 departments around South Mississippi, we are the lowest paid. Our Picayune Fire Department is second to none. Every time the alarm goes off, those firefighters’ lives are put on the line. We have some of the best streets in South Mississippi because of the people who work in the Picayune Street and Sanitation departments. The employees in these departments have not received a raise in the past four years.
For 10 years, I have worked for the Picayune School System. The school board and school employees are working to make it the best in the state.
People who do not know me may wonder if my physical handicap will be a drawback. My physical disability will not hinder me from doing my utmost to better our city.