2019 Fire Commissioner Election - Candidate Forum
Evesham Township Fire District #1
The Evesham Township Professional Firefighters Association - IAFF Local 4687 held an Evesham Township Board of Fire Commissioner Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 22rd, 2019.
The purpose of a Candidate Forum is to give Evesham Township voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to them in this election. In the past, the Board of Fire Commissioners were elected during the independant budget vote in February, turning out under 550 total voters on average. For the first time in November, THOUSANDS of residents of Evesham that exercise their right to vote on Election Day, will see candidates for Board Of Fire Commissioners on their ballot. We feel as if this election will be a pivotal moment in the future of Evesham Township Fire District No. 1 and encourage informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The candidates answered written questions from the public during this moderated event.
Governance of Evesham Fire-Rescue is provided by the Evesham Township Fire District No. 1 through a publicly elected five member Board of Fire Commissioners. The Fire District created by Evesham Township Ordinance No. 68-20 has all the powers of municipal government except the power to legislate. All local legislation (ordinances) are created through the Evesham Township Council. The Fire District is the responsible public agency for providing all Fire and Emergency Medical Services for and to the township. In addition, the Fire District operates the Office of Emergency Management and provides Uniform Construction Code services to the townships’ Department of Community Development.
The BOFC are responsible for establishing operational policies, hiring and appointing members, and the funding for the operations of the Fire District within the guidelines and statutes of the State of New Jersey. The board, as public officials, must follow all of the rules that are promulgated for public agencies.
The BOFC each serve a three year term, with the elections staggered over the three year term. From time to time, special elections must be held to approve bond issues and/or capital expenditures.
More information about the BOFC can be accessed using Evesham Fire-Rescue’s webpage HERE.
Meet the Candidates
2019 Fire Commissioner Candidates - Vote for 2
Christian T. Smith
Thomas M. Switick
Clayton C. Brunges
2019 Candidate - Incumbent
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