Name: Michael ‘‘Micky” Fyock
Party affiliation: Republican
Place of residence: Woodsboro
Date of birth: Aug. 11, 1952
Current occupation: Supervisor at Frederick County Emergency Communication Center (911)
Education: High School Diploma and some College
Community associations, involvement: Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department, chief for 20 years; first vice president of Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
Family: Wife, Diane Fyock. Four children.
Campaign office address and telephone: 10102C Woodsboro Road, Woodsboro, MD 21798. 301-845-0191.
What are your top three priorities for the next four years, if elected?
Growth, public safety, and education.
How would you rate the performance of the current commission: excellent, good, fair or poor? Why?
Fair. The five commissioners need to work together as a team to be able to reach the needs of the members of the community. Teamwork is the key, it is the key that locks or unlocks the success of the county government.
Is the rate of growth in Frederick County too fast, too slow, or just right?
To fast. Growth is like the small snowball that starts at the top of the hill and grows larger as it tumbles down the hill. It starts out innocent but soon it crashes into all in its path. In its path are all the services in our county. Some of the effects are like the little boy where his jeans are up to knees. His mother doesn’t have time to alter them because both her and his father has to work to put a roof over his head and food on the table. They can’t buy him new ones because they can’t afford. Frederick County is feeling that snowball effect, and just like the family, Frederick County has to provide for its citizens. The old saying if you build it they will come. We built it, they came, and now we must take care of them. But can we the way we operate now?
What’s your plan to provide more affordable housing in Frederick County?
When we speak of affordable housing, we must not confuse affordable housing with low-income housing. Let’s speak of affordable housing for a large number of our tax-paying residents in the upper lower class to middle class. Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, we’ve been hearing a lot of talk about homeland security. A lot of money is being spent both locally and nationwide. I agree we need to be prepared, and I’ve seen, first hand, what terror does when my department responded on that day to the Pentagon. First and foremost homeland security starts at home. We must find a way to keep the personnel we train to serve and protect us close to home. We do not have to recreate the wheel, there are programs already in place nationwide. We need to take some the plans and mix them with our own and come up with a fair plan.
Do you think the county is doing enough to meet the needs of its growing population? If not, what do you think the county needs to do?
No. This county has the cart (growth) in front of the horse (all services). This county has to give the horse a chance to catch up.
Does the commission form of government still work in Frederick County? Should we adopt a charter government, or code home rule?
Yes. I have never worked in a job were I couldn’t be fired. Every four years the voting residents have the choice to rate their performances.
Does the Board of County Commissioners need to tighten its lobbying regulations?
I am new to this process and I am learning. My grandfather always told me that you don’t get something for nothing.
Should the Board of County Commissioners adopt stricter campaign finance rules?
Again, I am new to the process. I recently received my rules and regulations, there definitely needs to be finance rules and accountability. Hardworking taxpayers give money to candidates with the hope that they can better Frederick County and also their everyday lives.
What programs would you add to the budget and how would you pay for them?
I cannot give you an honest answer because I do not know or have the full breakdown of the budget and county programs. I do know that for every action there is a reaction, and I would not add or subtract any program until I researched the positive or negative effect it would have.
Are there any programs, taxes or fees that should be cut? What would you do with the money from the savings?
See answer above.
Do you think the current system for renovating schools is adequate, or does it need changing?
I am not sure of every project in every school. I do know that all of the counties school needs to be clean, safe, and secure environment. If a school is in need of repair or enlargement, we must repair, remodel, or add on. My feeling in reference to building new schools is we should not build Taj Mahals. We should have a standard school model that can be build countywide and meet the needs of the students and teachers. In addition, the blueprints to the school should already allow for expansion to meet the county growth. Hopefully, the money saved in this process can be used for student programs, better equipment, and teacher salaries.
Do the commissioners have too much, too little or not enough oversight of the school system?
First of all, the county commissioners have the final approval of the budget for the Board of Education and all county departments. It has always been my understanding that the Board of Education has their own budget staff. It would be my hope that they would bring a budget to be approved that is sensible, reasonable, and in line with other county departments.
What is the No. 1 public safety concern for Frederick County? What would you do about it?
Growth has put a strain on public safety. Public safety not only includes fire, EMS and police, but many other services ranging from animal control to the road department. The effect that is felt the most every day is the traffic congestion on our highways. I also feel educators are a part of public safety because they teach our future fire, EMS and police officers. Teachers also help educate our future citizens and leaders. It must be said, lack of education can lead to poverty, poverty can lead to despair, despair can lead to crime.
I would like to end on a personal note. I learned early in life my path was public safety. Without my solid education, I would not have been able to follow this path. There were many difficult courses I had to pass. I would like to thank my teachers and all teachers, because every time I’m able to help or save a life you played a role in that achievement.