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Strategic Planning is heart of Village Mission

Feb. 7, 2014

Rev. Richmond Izard II

Village Board Mission -- On its official website, the Village of Brown Deer describes how our Board derived our formal Mission and Vision. Thirteen years ago, Board discussions and directives gave birth to the "Brown Deer Vision Project," which was finalized in August of 2003.

In the Executive Summary to "Visioning Brown Deer's Future: Final Report from the Visioning Committee," our village concluded that the mission of the Brown Deer Village Board is "to understand and responsibly fulfill the community vision."

Trustee Candidate Richmond Izard concurs.

"The Board mission, which is intimately tied to the vision of the constituency, establishes the bedrock for my oath of office for 2014 and beyond," said Reverend Izard.

"The mission of the Brown Deer Village Board of Trustees is twofold. First, the Village President and we Trustees must endeavor to understand, dissect and embrace the collective vision of village stakeholders. Secondly, elected officials, village staff and volunteers must be poised to fulfill that vision in an efficient and responsible manner. That means the village is looking for a candidate like me who has a proven record of connecting well with a mixed demographic of people."

"Everyone is talking about diversity in Brown Deer as if diversity is an abstract concept, benchmark for social programming, or even a reactive finding garnered by way of remedial data analysis. I, on the other hand, am diversity," professed Elder Richmond.

Izard is an African-American preacher who reminds the people of Brown Deer that diversity is about more than race. "I bring a dimension and understanding of diversity that both encompasses and transcends race, religion, economics, age, and experience. Diversity cannot find her resting place in well-watered conversations and planning sessions; the spirit of diversification must come to light. When the people of Brown Deer elect me to office, they will be able to celebrate that diversity has given birth to hope, which is the people’s incubator for manifestation through representation."

Describing himself, Richmond Izard states that he is neither a "Clarence Thomas" nor an "Al Sharpton. " Elder Richmond grew up on the fringe of Brown Deer, just within the City limit of Milwaukee. He later transitioned to Mequon and attended Lake Shore Middle School before moving to the north side of Milwaukee, where he graduated from Rufus King High School. He then earned his Business Administration degree (Finance) from Marquette University.

Richmond and his wife of twenty years have resided in Brown Deer since 2001. They have three children, each enrolled in the Brown Deer School District.

"I have lived in affluent areas as well as impoverish areas. I have worked with all types of people who represent a rainbow of colors, creeds, ages, and ideologies. As, penned by Paul, 'I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. ' For it is in the fellowship of the suffering that I continue to learn and connect with the multicultural face of humanity," continued Izard. "There are certain plights that we have to experience firsthand in order to position ourselves to help and truly even to hear the cry of others."

Coupled with interpersonal skills, Trustee Candidate Richmond Izard has accumulated more than twenty-five (25) years of leadership in the corporate, public, small business, and nonprofit sectors. He brings to the village table valuable knowledge, skills and abilities that he acquired and developed as an auditor, administrator, business manager, real estate professional, trustee board chairman, and ordained minister. He has also served in leadership for several nonprofit organizations, including the Visioning and Strategic Planning Team (VSPT) for the Brown Deer School District. In such capacities, Izard has engaged in strategic planning and budgeting, as well as helped establish methods for increased accountability, sustainability and growth.

Because the village has done a great job ascertaining community needs, Izard recommends that the Board should now give extra attention to refining the strategic planning cycle. As it stands, the village is now within the fifth year of our comprehensive plan, the point at which plan drafters recommended that we proactively make necessary updates. (Comprehensive Plan, p. 177)

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