City commission candidate John Campbell Elwell explains how he would improve cooperation between city and county

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John Campbell Elwell, City Commission Candidate Group 5

John Campbell Elwell, Candidate Group 5

Please explain how you would be able to bring about closer cooperation between the city and the county to lower taxes and improve efficiency.

“First and foremost, I would foster an open communication with the county commissioners to look for mutually beneficial cost savings in order to not only lower taxes, but also become more efficient. My belief is that the first order of business is to coordinate the two law enforcement groups so that the city officers take care of the Island, and the Sheriff’s office cover the balance of the county. I believe that we would see cost efficiencies as well as better response time. There are any number of other duplicate areas that with better cooperation could result in significant cost savings for both the city and the county.”

Editor’s Note:  This is the fifth question in a series of seven posed to candidates for the Fernandina Beach City Commission.   The answers come to our readers unedited and in the candidates own words.  We rotate the order of candidates from week to week.  Ed Boner and incumbent Tim Poynter will seek Group 4, John Campbell Elwell and Pat K Gass will seek  Group 5.

October 10, 2012 12:10 p.m.