I’d like to begin by saying that the following is an independent endorsement of Tim Malott. Mr. Malott has not aligned himself with any particular group in town, as his intent is to take all views into consideration should he be elected to the Tipton City Council. He has not reached out to myself or anyone involved with airport opposition seeking endorsement, nor has he approved this message.
With that in mind, I do hope that the voters of Tipton will turn out tomorrow, February 23, and select Tim Malott to serve as your Council At-Large representative. As most of you know, the seat which was vacated by the resignation of David Fry several months ago, is currently filled by appointee Leanne Boots. Mrs. Boots served on the Council previously, and it has been argued by some that she should continue in this role because she is caring, intelligent, and has prior Council experience. I am confident that Mrs. Boots possesses all of these qualities. However, during her previous tenure she was also very much involved in the push to expand Mathews Memorial Airport, a project opposed by many in this community and which threatens to force local farmers to give up their land. As the Council currently sits, there are two members in support of continuation of this project (Spear and Anderson) and two who have said they would oppose the pursuit of land acquisition through eminent domain (McNeill and Leeper.) The fifth Council seat could likely provide a swing vote in how the City proceeds with this project. Given Mrs. Boots’ history and involvement with support for expansion it does not seem that she would represent the priorities of the many in the community who do not wish for this project to continue.
Tim Malott also seems to be a caring, dedicated and intelligent person with a proven record of leadership. He recently addressed the Council and asked for a shift in focus from pursuit of airport funding to that which would fix our streets, complete with a plan to make this happen. This shows that he is a man willing to take initiative and given the concerns of the greater public, the right person at the right time for Tipton City Council.
All airport issues aside, one cannot help but be impressed by Mr. Malott’s resume. Following are notes from his September 30 introduction at the Tipton Candidates forum followed by a link to a video recording from the February 11 Candidates forum, and another link to video of his address to the Council, mentioned above.
Please take this opportunity to learn more about Tim Malott and see for yourself why he could be a tremendous asset to this community. And regardless of your decision, please do get out and vote on February 23. If we truly want an inclusive community that values the beliefs and best interests of all, people need to continue to engage themselves, to speak out and make their feelings known.
Summary of Tim Malott Introductory Statements, September 30, 2015 Candidates Forum:
Mr. Malott began by saying that he had moved to Tipton in 2008, but before telling what brought him here wished to discuss his qualifications. He had gone to college after high school, but says he wasn’t any good at it so he joined the Army. He was enlisted from 1974 to 1998 serving from the Vietnam Era all the way through the Persian Gulf.
Upon leaving the Army Mr. Malott went to work as a supervisor for what he called “a little company in Kenosha, Wisconsin.” That company, he revealed a moment later, was Ocean Spray. In his time there he improved his team and doubled output, and within two years was offered a job as an Operations Manager for Pepsi. His success continued as he oversaw bottle production for two years, running the finances and tripling output.
When the Ball Corporation bought his bottling division Mr. Malott was transferred to Ames and asked to institute the same improvements. He ran a plant with 35 employees, making twelve million bottles and averaging 130 semi loads a day. He says nothing was approved without his say, and that he believes in lean manufacturing and putting profits back to the people.
Mr. Malott retired in 2008, which brought him back to telling why he chose to come to Tipton. He says he has 3 kids and six grandkids and he and his family had made thirteen moves in 39 years. He first examined schools, and notes that Tipton has a great school system which gave his youngest daughter the opportunity to play golf and be in the band. He also looked at public safety, and says Tipton is very fortunate to have a high quality fire department, EMS and police force.
The third item he looked at was infrastructure. Mr. Malott feels Tipton needs some work here. He says that while in the Army he taught automotive engineering in Europe, and while that differs from structural engineering he does understand engineering concepts. He says Tipton needs to look at its streets, and he has gotten a good perspective having now walked thirty eight miles of the city streets putting flyers on doors. Beyond that, he says he does like the amenities such as stores and the aquatic center that Tipton offers.
The fourth thing Mr. Malott looked at when considering Tipton was government, and he feels he is qualified to contribute there. He is the Director of Emergency Management 9-1-1 for Cedar County and in six years has overseen many upgrades and looked to the future by creating a state of the art operation. Cedar County, he says, was the first in Iowa to provide text to 9-1-1 for every major carrier and first to be Next Gen IP ready. This cost two million dollars to implement, but by doing so in six phases and relying on grants has not cost residents a penny on their annual taxes. Mr. Malott frequently goes to the Capitol to fight for residents of Tipton and Cedar County, and has been a spokesman for the State in front of the House and Senate. He feels he understands budgetary items and under his guidance Cedar County 9-1-1 and Emergency Management has a surplus and has never missed a payment, despite one hundred thousand dollars every year in improvements.
Mr. Malott asks voters on November 3 to make him Tipton’s voice because he is willing to listen, think outside the box, and find ways to move the community forward. He says he has proven his ability to do so; evidenced first by his choice to come to Tipton as he felt it would be an excellent place to live, and second through his work with the current Council, City Manager, County Supervisors and area Mayors. He understands, he says, how to work as a team and will seek to meet financial needs through grants to bring the cost of living down while improving Tipton at the same time.
CLICK HERE for video of the February 1 Tipton City Council Meeting, courtesy of the City of Tipton YouTube channel. Watch the first ten minutes to see Tim Malott address the Council on the need and options to prioritize street repairs instead of the airport…
CLICK HERE to watch the February 11 Candidates Forum featuring Leanne Boots and Tim Malott. Courtesy of themaninblk1’s YouTube channel.