Name: Bill Harkins
Years living in area: 11
Family: Married for 43 years to Mary Ellen, with three children and four grandchildren
Education: Bachelor of arts in political science, Providence College, Providence, R.I.; Master of public health and hospital administration, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Current occupation: Ward 2 councilman, since 2009
Previous employment: CEO for 35 years at community teaching hospitals and health care systems with budgets ranging from $100 to $800 million. Led multiple hospital corporations with demonstrated results directed toward improved quality, strategic planning, financial performance and board and community relations. Consultant to several developing health care enterprises.
Military history: Captain, U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, Vietnam, 1968-69
Volunteer history: Rotary; Greater Island Council; Hilton Head Plantation Covenant Committee; Farmers and Yacht Club Hilton Head Plantation; Country Club of Hilton Head; Hilton Head Island Ski Club; St. Francis By the Sea Church; Knights of Columbus
Public elected offices: None
Any unsuccessful political campaigns: None listed
Other political and government experience: None listed
Endorsements received: Bill Harkins Reelection Committee, Tom Tomfohrde, chairman; Lou Baccei; Joan Deery; Dave Crespan; Mary Goodrich, secretary; John Nowacek, treasurer
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: $3,095 in personal income from the Town of Hilton Head Island
Campaign money raised: None reported, as of the candidate's last filing Sept. 29
Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): None reported
1. Why should people vote for you?
Town Council experience and positions supported; keen understanding that the town is at a critical crossroad; I have plans to help with property values; fiscal responsibility; business climate; aging in place; cultural assets; benchmarking; education. I'm a past CEO with management experience, successfully running entities with annual budgets greater than $800 million. Desire to serve public.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
Attract new additional revenue sources. Address barriers to success.
Telecommunications, transportation, tired assets.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
Town operations; aging-in-place infrastructure; education
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
Introduce a "five-star" customer relations training; educate public in terms of accessing town information; lead by example.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?
Covenant Committee of the Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association; active in Farmers Club, boating, tennis, ski club, Rotary, Greater Island Council, Heritage golf tournament volunteering.