Craig Faith, director of public safety at John Knox Village, announced this week he’s running to represent District 2 on the Lee’s Summit City Council.
“I’ve grown to love Lee’s Summit, it is a community that has a lot of terrific things going on,” said Faith said in an interview Aug. 12 “I’ve got a lot to offer Lee’s Summit.”
Faith moved to Lee’s Summit in 2008 to take the position at JKV.
Tim Denker, a lawyer, has announced he’ll run for the District 2 open seat.
Faith said his 36-year career in public safety, starting at age 17 as a first-responder, he has also been a police officer and deputy sheriff, earned paramedic certification from University of Missouri, and eventually went into administration. He said that wide-ranging career gives him insights and skills he can use to help govern the city.
He said he has experience with strategic planning, and in turning around troubled budgets, public and private sector, in situations that Lee’s Summit is nowhere close to in comparison.
He is a graduate of Leadership Lee’s Summit, a Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce program, and the city’s Citizens Leadership Academy. He is chair of the city’s Liveable Streets Advisory Board and co-chair of the Lee’s Summit 360 Implementation Committee, and co-chair of the Lee’s Summit 360 Local Government KPA. He is a member of Missouri EMS Region A Council, Missouri EMS State Advisory Council Education Sub-Committee, Missouri EMS State Advisory Council Legislative Sub-Committee.
Being in administration at one of Lee’s Summit’s major employers, Faith said, gives him a view of how the city affects businesses.
He said he can contribute to the council by “tearing down silos and working collaborative with every one else, I’d make that a priority.”
Faith quoted Harry Truman “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
He said he doesn’t have a particular issue that caused him to run.
Faith said he wants to help Lee’s Summit stay attractive to all demographic groups, from young families to retirees.
Economic development and fixing infrastructure such as storm sewers are challenges he see facing the city. Faith said his experience in prioritizing capital projects will be useful. He’s interested in making sure there are good highways and streets, and accessibility for disabled and senior residents. He said the city needs to continue working on arts and culture for its quality of life.
“These are my passions,” Faith said.
He said he thinks the city has incredible fire and police departments but the city leaders need to be prepared to sustain those efforts.
Regarding economic development, he said council members should be willing to listen to the experts it hires, but be careful to make sure city gains more than it gives away with incentives.
Faith and his wife Myra have seven children and are members of the Community of Christ Church.