Created: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:07:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:08:45 EST
Warner Robins Mayoral candidates at the Wellston Center persuading voters how to cast their ballots in the November 5 election.
But one seat was noticeably empty...Candidate Chuck Chalk couldn't attend as he was seeing his son off on deployment.
But the other five tackled questions, including how to improve the Warner Robins police department's response time.
One problem many pointed to was losing trained officers to agencies that pay higher wages, leaving a shortfall in the department. But the candidates suggested how they'd change that.
"We've got to encourage these people to stay with us until they're retiring." -- Joe Musselwhite
"The pay will have to be adjusted." -- Eve Folse
"We've got to find a way to increase the morale of our city workers." -- Randy Toms
"Increase pay in the salary, an incentive program and community policing." -- Daron Lee
"Entice them to want to come work for the city, stay with the city and retire with the city." -- Mike Brashear
The candidates also discussed the relationship they envision between the mayor and the city council. Candidate Eve Folse says it needs to be a give-and-take relationship.
Current city councilmen Daron Lee and Mike Brashear say communication has been improving the last few years, but Lee likened the relationship to a marriage.
"You find all the good things but once you get together and hitch up um legally, you find out there's some baggage that comes with the good." -- Daron Lee
Joe Musselwhite wants open communication among all the city departments, as does Randy Toms who says he'll keep city council accountable for their actions.
"I'm going to be interested in communicating with them. Finding out what their vision for the city is and finding what the citizens vision is and let's put it all together." -- Randy Toms
"If it doesn't help Warner Robins or the people then we just don't do it." -- Eve Folse
"This position is not one of power, it's a position of service." -- Mike Brashear
"We're going to make a difference in this city." -- Joe Musselwhite