Shelley Aloi told me The City of Frederick is her hometown and that as mayor
she would focus on “public safety and getting the fiscal house in order”.
said she had traveled around the world and had come back because Frederick is
so great she wanted to ensure it continues to be a wonderful hometown for other
families for generations to come.
shared with me she never thought she would be in politics and that prior to running
and being elected alderman, she had traveled the world helping people in need.
worked in a soup kitchen in Atlanta, a para church organization “Christmas of
Service” in Amsterdam where she helped homeless, drug addicts and prostitutes,
and had spent three months in Germany providing humanitarian aid.
returning home, Shelley attended the 2008-2009 Leadership Frederick County”
class and it was during the state and local government day portion of the
class, she decided “this would be a natural next step in serving people”.
for alderman in the 2009 city election and came in third of the five aldermen
elected.She was most proud of the way
the board of aldermen, on the most part, have worked well together and although
they often have different viewpoints and perspectives, they have been
respectful of one another.
Aloi intends to focus on everyone from children to senior citizens to provide a
quality of life everyone enjoys.
came to public safety, Aloi said she intends to provide adequate resources for
police technology, educational initiatives to support strategic policing and
promote community policing.Newly hired
Police Chief Thomas Ledwell would also be retained under her administration.
especially critical of Mayor Randy McClement on his handling of the underfunded
city Pension and Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) programs.
felt the mayor did not have this as a priority and as a result, the city unfunded
actuarial accrued liability for the pension, grew from $62.5 million in fiscal
year 2010 to $100 million in fiscal year 2014.
Aloi said the city changed the way calculations were done, resulting in a
reduced unfunded liability “on paper” from $128 million to $104 million.
me a follow up email after my interview where she said “I also fault Randy
McClement for his negotiations along with Kelly Russell, Michael O’Connor and
Carol Krimm for their votes obligating city taxpayers to cover 100% of retiree
healthcare costs for all sworn employees hired before January 1, 2010. This is
a future cost for which no financial projections were completed. A straight
line estimate without an actuarial analysis makes this as much as a $44 million
dollar obligation. We do not have the money to pay for this promise.”
Aloi said the mayor has touted the city reaching a level of 80% funding in
twenty years, but left out the city would be contributing $7.5 million each
year (for the amortization portion only) over the next twenty years.
development would be another focus for Aloi, as mayor, and she quickly pointed
to the importance of the city moving to Phase II of the Carroll Creek project.
criticized Mayor McClement for almost letting $3 million in state funding go
away because he had not secured local matching funds.Aloi said she, aldermen Carol Krimm and Karen
Young scrambled to first; urge the mayor not to send the money back and second;
secure the necessary matching funding for the project.
the lease negotiation of city owned Harry Grove Stadium was also handled poorly
by the mayor.She did not understand why
one of the most valuable parts of the contract “the naming rights for the stadium”
was not included in the original negotiation.
also like to help the growth of small business in the city which she feels is
hampered by rules that are too onerous and costs too high to do business in the
Aloi will face Mayor Randy McClement and former mayor Jeff Holtzinger in the
mayoral primary will include alderman Karen Young, Maryland state delegate
Galen Clagett and Carol Hirsch.
mayor Jennifer Dougherty is running as an unaffiliated candidate and will not
have an opponent in the primary election.
of Frederick primary election will be held on September 10.
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