'It's definitely time for change'
Beaverton City Council member Dennis Doyle seeks top job in the city
Deciding to challenge Mayor Rob Drake for Beaverton's top job was a 'simple decision' for City Councilor Dennis Doyle.
'After 16 years of the same mayor, it's definitely time for change,' he said. 'We need a leader whose doors are open.
'It's time to re-open City Hall to the community, wisely manage taxpayer dollars and repair relationships with citizens and businesses.'
Doyle feels he's the man to accomplish those goals.
'I have working knowledge on how the city operates and have the ability to lead people,' he said.
Doyle has spent nearly 39 years in the management and data processing field. While working for the Illinois Department of Mental Health, he led a project team that produced an automated budget. As the head of a manufacturing company's information technology department, he managed 60 to 70 employees and negotiated a union contract on the management side.
In 1992, he started his own computer system sales and consulting firm, which specializes in small business assistance.
He has also served on the Beaverton City Council since 1994 and volunteered with several civic and non-profit groups including the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, Beaverton Rotary, local school committees, Beaverton Police Activities League and Westside Metros Soccer Club.
'I know how to put people in place to get the job done,' Doyle said. 'I have a different management style than Rob.
'I'm a bottom-up kind of person. I don't mind conversation. People need to know well in advance what's happening.'
Improving communication between City Hall, business leaders and the community is a top priority for Doyle.
'Businesses feel like they are not part of the process - that has got to be fixed,' he said. 'One of our biggest challenges as a city is finding an identity.
'I'm convinced our reputation is business unfriendly. I've heard from developers and long-time business owners who are to the point where they don't approach the city for what they want to do. We need to change the perception of the city. I'm determined to be proactive, go out and get them involved. We can't communicate with the community enough.'
Doyle is also committed to efforts to make Beaverton a destination.
'We have to start building a vibrant downtown - we have to stop talking about it and get to work,' he said. 'We need to get a focus on downtown redevelopment and start that focus with a cultural center that will help bring a brand to the city and show people they don't have to go to Portland for everything.
'We could couple a cultural facility with a civic center.'
He plans to push hard for a performing arts and cultural center as the city's visioning process continues.
Doyle also hopes to sit down with property owners to map out what they would like to see in the city's regional town centers.
Another key focus in his administration would be to improve financial accountability to tax payers.
'I want to make darn sure the city is spending money responsibly,' Doyle said.
In addition to supporting an automated public records request system, Doyle wants to ensure the city completes internal audits and review of all projects and cost-control measures.
He believes in 'taking time to get a full picture' and holding more public discussions to reach compromise and 'build bridges' in the community.
'I'm positive that I can be that person to build relationships and lead,' Doyle said.