Dill is running to retain her seat. A second candidate, Betty Hovey is also running.

Registered voters in the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District will be heading to the polls on April 2 to decide a two-way race for one seat open on the three member governing board. 

The fire district has been at the center of ongoing disagreements among board members over a multitude of issues, including a lawsuit filed against the district over the seat currently held by SBFPD board member Denise Dill.

The lawsuit was filed by SBFPD board member Bob Hemen, alleging Dill was not duly elected. The court ruled in favor of the district. 

Hemen has also raised questions about finances, policies and other issues directed at Dill and SBFPD board member Brian Layman. 

Disagreements with Hemen lead to the resignation of the former fire chief.

Dill is running to retain her seat. A second candidate, Betty Hovey is also running. 

Dill has served on the board since being appointed in 2016. She has lived in the district for 15 years. Dill is a teacher at Hurricane Deck Elementary School. 

Hovey is a former employee of the district, having spent 13 years working with the board and staff. She has lived at the lake for 16 years.

 

Betty Hovey

1. Why are you running for the position on the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District? 

I am committed to being a board member that will respect differing views and will support transparency, while working together for the betterment of the fire district and community.

2. What do you feel is the most pressing issue for the district?

The selection of a Fire Chief that has the experience and leadership skills to move the fire district forward. 

3. What is your position on a 5-member governing board for the district?

I believe it doesn’t matter the number of board members. What does matter is that all board members are working for what is best for the fire district and the community.

4. The district has faced a great deal of controversy and upheaval since the resignation of the former fire chief. How can the district overcome the divide among board members? 

By electing board members that will follow appropriate governing principals.

5. What qualifies you for the position?

I have over 13 years of administrative experience working with the SBFPD Chief Officers and Board of Directors.

6. What should voters know about you before going to the polls? 

I will do everything in my power to assure the fire districts success.

7. What sets you apart from your opposition?

I believe it is my years of experience, my dedication and my commitment.

 

Denise Dill

1. Why are you running for the position on the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District?  

I’m running for the position on the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Board of Directors to continue the progress and fulfill goals set in motion for the betterment and safety of the community. Progress such as continuing to fully staff two fire stations for maximum district coverage, continuing to provide full-time professionally trained personnel, and retaining and attracting new recruits with a competitive salary and benefits package.  

2. What do you feel is the most pressing issue for the district? I feel that the most pressing issue for the district currently is hiring a new fire chief who is best suited for the district and the unique challenges of the lake area.  

 3. What is your position on a 5-member governing board for the district? 

I believe that a five-member governing board would provide more community input in the district’s decision-making process.

4. The district has faced a great deal of controversy and upheaval since the resignation of the former fire chief. How can the district overcome the divide among board members?  

As the board moves forward our focus must be hiring a new chief, maintaining professional standards, providing quality facilities and equipment and being fiscally responsible. I believe if we all concentrate on those matters and working for the good of the people of the district we can move forward together.

5. What qualifies you for the position? 

I have served as a member of the SBFPD since July 2016.  In that time I have helped deal with complex issues and difficult situations successfully. My family and I have lived in Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District for the past 15 years.  I have watched as the district has become an incredibly professional and efficient community organization.  I currently teach 4th grade at Hurricane Deck Elementary in the Camdenton School District.  I have a Master’s Degree in Education and have taught 26 years and received the honor of Educator of the Year in 2015.  I have served on numerous committees and have a positive relationship with families in the community.  This experience has given me the ability to communicate, reason, and make decisions based on what is best to achieve a common goal. 

6. What should voters know about you before going to the polls?  

Voters should know that my family works in the emergency service industry.  My husband, Jim, works at Lake West Ambulance and our son is a fireman at Osage Beach Fire District.  This has given me a unique perspective of the day-to-day challenges that face our fire and EMS professionals.  This perspective helps me make clear decisions based upon providing professional services and managing tax payers dollars efficiently.

7. What sets you apart from your opposition?  

What sets me apart from my opposition is that I have two and a half years of Board experience.  It is my goal to continue to serve the people of the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, always working for the betterment of the district and the community.