Greg Myhre Says He’s Ready to Listen, Take on Challenge as Stafford Mayor

Oct 30, 2018
Courtesy of: Stafford Conservatives Stafford Township mayoral candidate Greg Myhre

Greg Myhre seems to know life as a mayor won’t always be pretty and neat, but he’s ready to take on the challenge and be as productive as possible.

“I was figuring the first three to nine months might be the most challenging, but it very well could be six to 12 months, or longer,” Myhre said with a laugh. “It’s about getting to know the process. When you’re more familiar with any job, you can be more effective. I want to make sure we’re delivering the best for the people in town, so I want to make sure we hit the ground running. But, obviously, there are going to be speed bumps along the way, things that you learn.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Stafford Township residents will be able to go to the polls and vote for one of two candidates vying for mayor – new kids on the block, essentially, since it’s been seven years since a new mayor took the gavel in town hall – and the 43-year-old from Ocean Acres is hoping he is the majority favorite.

“I don’t want to miss a beat,” Myhre said. “I think people will be happy that, when they ask questions, they’re going to be fully addressed and fully processed. I think we have competent department heads in town hall, and I want to make sure they can do their jobs unfettered by politics.

“I want us to be open and honest. I do pay a lot of attention, but once you get into a job there are going to be things you didn’t know about. We’re going to make a promise that we’re going to do our best, and do it. We want to be prepared for what we can right now and be prepared to learn.”

Of course, every mayoral candidate heading into Election Day has his or her own ideas of what might be better for a particular town, and Myhre is no different. He believes the business landscape can improve – more in a way so that Stafford becomes a more diverse business landscape, as opposed to one that is focused on only several kinds of business models, such as retail and medical – and he’s concerned about the number of foreclosures in town.

“A better business environment makes for a better living environment,” he said. “We’re seeing some vacant storefronts around town, and that’s problematic. If a business is considering coming to Stafford or a neighboring town in Ocean County, we want to do what we can to convince them to pick Stafford. So we want to find out what the obstacles are, and we want to create more opportunities within the township.

“A lot of people are concerned about the foreclosures they see around town. I’d like to see a lot of the foreclosures bought up and improved, without any special, new regulations. There are abandoned property ordinances on the books that need to be enforced a little more, to where the owners of the properties can do more upkeep and prevent more unsightly or hazardous things from happening.”

Conversely, Myhre is fully aware of the many positive aspects of Stafford. He especially lauds the public works department – he described a time when the wheel fell off his town-supplied trash can, and even while his wife was on the phone with somebody within the public works department, one of its workers showed up to fix it – as well as several other service arms of the township.

And while Myhre doesn’t expect any drastic overhauls of anything within the framework of how the town operates, he does believe improvements can and should be made when necessary.

“We have a great public works department. We know a lot of people in the department, and they really take pride in their work,” he said. “The police department is very well run. The chief (Tom Dellane) is a really solid guy. The fire department and rescue squads as well – they do great work, and we want to make sure they have the tools they need to keep doing what they do best. As for the rest of town, a lot of the departments function very well. For the most part, they all do a great job, and we want to make sure they’re equipped to do their jobs.

“We don’t have big changes in store. But, like any organization, there’s always room for improvement, and that’s what we intend to do.”

Additionally, Myhre is all for maintaining a positive relationship with the school districts in town, making sure the township council always stays fiscally responsible and doing what he can to give many roads within the town’s borders a surface makeover – he says a lot of people he’s talked with during the past six months of campaigning have mentioned their roads need repaving.

So, why else should Stafford voters push the button next to his name (and, of course, he definitely advocates for casting votes for the entire Column A team) sometime before 8 p.m. on Tuesday? Myhre, who as a business operations manager has dealt with thousands of different types of individuals, says it’s because he and his crew are prepared to listen to everybody in town and can spend the taxpayers’ money more wisely.

“We have a great town,” he said. “But I think we really need to attend to our needs, instead of our wants. We want to see what the other 28,000 people in town might have in mind. My focus will be to constantly seek feedback from residents. We don’t have a real aggressive agenda. The biggest part of it is being fiscally conservative, and we want to make sure the projects we do take on have community support, that we’re not doing something just because we think it’s a good idea.”

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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