Johnson County Council District 1 Q&A: Jim Ray, republican

What about your background and experience qualifies you to serve on the Johnson County Council?

Spent 50 years as an engineer working on government projects and gained familiarity with government boards and how they work from that experience. Knows what type of information officials want to hear when considering proposals and knows the questions he needs to ask.

What is the role of the council and its members?

They are responsible for managing the budget, not just for the county but other agencies, such as fire districts. Has experience as president of Amity Fire District in reviewing projects and deciding whether the taxpayers should be paying for them.

Define conflict of interest. If a conflict were to come up with you as a council member, how would you handle it?

Conflict is any item he might get some benefit from. Would publicly identify the conflict and abstain from voting. Would rely on attorneys to advise him on whether there is a conflict.

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