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Rick Dwyer vows to be a watchdog of city money
By Pat Andrews
posted Jan 8, 2014 - 5:40:43pm
DeBary City Council Member-elect Rick Dwyer is slated to be sworn in during the City Council meeting set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. Dwyer is the sole new member of the council, replacing outgoing member Nick Koval.
In the only other DeBary election, voters chose the incumbent, Vice Mayor Chris Carson.
Dwyer won handily in November, with 873 votes or 58.15 percent of votes cast for Seat 2 on the council. Koval had 632 votes or 41.85 percent of ballots cast.
Carson defeated challenger Dawn Fitzpatrick Pizzo to hold on to Seat 1 for a second term.
Dwyer said he plans to be a government watchdog.
"My primary goals are to be a watchdog of the taxpayers' monies, to make sure when those monies are spent, they are spent out of need — spent wisely," he told The Beacon Jan. 7.
One of the first things he will do, Dwyer said, is to ask City Manager Dan Parrott to produce a cost-analysis report on the city’s public-works department. About a year ago, the city brought public works in-house, replacing a contract with Orange City for the work. Dwyer said it’s time to see whether that was a good idea.
Dwyer said he wants to take a look at other suppliers, too.
"It's not just watching the dollars, but the dimes and nickels, too," he added.
Dwyer said he also wants to find ways to engage community members in their government, fostering the idea that they can sit down with their council members and discuss concerns.
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