This is the first in a series of email interviews with candidates for Santee City Council. Candidates were emailed a questionnaire to fill out. That questionnaire and the candidate’s answers are presented below. Rocky Qualin is one of eight candidates for three council seats.
Scouting Santee: What is your current position?
Rocky Qualin: Senior Vice President at KPS Insurance Services
Scouting Santee: Why did you decide to run for Santee City Council?
Rocky Qualin: I want Santee to continue to strive for: Accountability, Transparency and Good Governance. To balance budgets, keep costs down and insure long term financial stability
Scouting Santee: What is it about your background that prepares you to be a member of the city council?
Rocky Qualin: In my career as a Banker, and now at KPS Insurance Services, I have analyzed and budgeted financial statements for companies well above 100 Million dollars. I know with that background I can help the city cut costs, maintain budgets, forecast financial growth and make the tough decisions needed to sustain financial prosperity.
Scouting Santee: What have you done to further prepare yourself for being a councilmember?
Rocky Qualin: I have been on the board of several Associations (Camp Jack, Engineering and General Contractors Association and the Associated General Contractors of America, to name a few) and have helped to provide essential products and services to the people and business of San Diego
Scouting Santee: What is it that distinguishes you from the other candidates?
Rocky Qualin: I am a Santana High School graduate, a San Diego State Graduate, a Santee resident, a homeowner and tax payer. I live here with my wife and raise my two children here. I have friends and family in Santee and I care what happens in this town. With my education and professional experiences, I know I am qualified to be a councilperson.
Scouting Santee: What do you consider the top three challenges facing Santee over the next four years?
- Balancing budgets and keeping costs down
- The Las Colinas expansion
Scouting Santee: What do you consider the top successes in Santee over the past few years?
Rocky Qualin: The Development of Trolley Center. It allows the citizens of Santee to work, shop, play and eat in their own town. It provides a destination place for the community to gather and enjoy
Scouting Santee: If you are elected, what are your top three goals?
Santee’s Fiscal/Economic Vitality- Jobs and our Quality of Life: During this period in our economy we need to manage limited financial resources while keeping our citizens informed. Increase prosperity and the resulting tax base by: streamlining regulation, holding the line on taxes and attracting quality companies. We need to encourage business investment, making sure the public services, streets, sidewalks, parks, reflect a lively community where people want to live, work, shop and play
Accountability, Transparency and Good Governance: Full disclosure in all its transactions, programs and projects is one way of inviting the citizen to engage their local government officials to a more meaningful partnership towards better governance. Full disclosure will pave the way for local residents to share their efforts in bringing about desirable development outcomes for their localities. After all, development is a shared responsibility
Public Safety Services and Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness: Our Public Safety relies upon professionals and citizens working together to continue to make Santee safer. Start and/or continue a neighborhood Watch Program. Neighbors looking out for each other. Visit the Santee City website and see how you can contribute as a citizen.
Scouting Santee: What else would you like people to know about you?
Rocky Qualin: I grew up in Santee and graduated Santana High School. I then graduated from SDSU with a degree in Finance and began my career as a corporate Banker for 11 years and I am now a Senior Vice President at KPS Insurance Services Inc. Santee is where I raise my family and I want to ensure long term financial stability for our city.
Jack Welsh Jr. (Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981-2001) had a philosophy regarding his company. Keep your customers happy, keep your employees happy and manage your cash flows. I believe that translates into managing a city. Keep your constituents happy (by being honest and having transparency in finance and governance), Keep your city employees happy (by being fair and honest) and manage the city cash flow (maintain a balanced budget).
You can learn more about Rocky Qualin at his website. My thanks to Mr. Qualin for participating in this interview.