Dear Sedona Eye Editor,
It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as a member on the Sedona Fire District Governing Board for this past 16 months. It has also proven to be an enormous challenge given the political climate and the strong beliefs of those on the board.
During meetings I have repeatedly expressed concerns regarding questionable practices by the current Board majority. Micromanagement of the district’s personnel resulting in the loss of key employees, exorbitant spending on attorneys, and the spending of nearly $200,000 on an audit of dubious value are but a few of the issues that brought about an unprecedented recall of three of the sitting board members.
When I was elected to the SFD Board it was because of the positions I held on various issues, and my constituents’ belief that I would not compromise my integrity. My positions are unchanged, and my commitment remains strong. The Sedona Fire District is facing serious times, and in my opinion the majority of the current Board is taking this district in the wrong direction. A direction that may benefit the taxpayers a very few dollars, but at the high cost of reduced services and the potential for loss of lives and property. That is unacceptable to me, and to those who elected me to serve.
I am endorsing Nazih Hazime, Diane Schoen, and Corrie Cooperman in the special recall election, and I am asking those who trust and support me to do the same. I am confident they bring the skills that will help us maintain the emergency services we have come to expect. My thanks to all those in the community who have so diligently worked to make this recall election a reality. Now I implore the residents of our District to make the right choice.Ty Montgomery, NP SFD Board Member