Corey Ladick Runs for Comptroller/Treasurer
For the City-Times
What background qualifies you for this position?
I bring skills and expertise not currently present in city hall. I am the Branch Manager/Assistant Vice President at a local community bank. I have a Master’s degree in business administration and finance, and a Bachelor’s degree in public administration. I have private sector experience in dealing with the bond market, private sector lending practices and real estate. I have also served as a legislative assistant to Senator Julie Lassa and interned for Congressman Ron Kind and the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
I was raised in Stevens Point and am president-elect of the Rotary Club, and have volunteered for Junior Achievement and the United Way.
What challenges do you feel the office of Comptroller faces in the next two years and how would you address them?
First, the operating budget will continue to be tight, which means that we need to apply business principles and improve efficiency in order to sustain important local services. Better cooperation between local units of government (Metro Fire District, Joint Dispatch) is a great way to accomplish this.
Second, the city will need to make a continuing investment in rebuilding aging infrastructure, such as roads and utilities. This requires a long-term financing strategy. In addition, the Comptroller/Treasurer needs to prioritize capital spending, and separate wants from needs. Currently, the long-term budget includes over $86,000 to buy a police SWAT van. If it really is necessary, a specialized service like this should be provided at the county level.
Overall, I am not content with the status quo, and believe that there is room for improvement in the way the city manages its finances.