Amlin aims to bring EMS background to council to deal with “challenges”

 

Larry Amlin is running for a town councillor position in the Oct. 27 election.

Larry Amlin is running for a town councillor position in the Oct. 27 election.

By Ron Giofu

 

When Larry Amlin retired from Essex-Windsor EMS, he moved back to his hometown. Now, he wants to work for his hometown as a councillor.

Amlin has filed his nomination papers for the Oct. 27 election and said he now has the time to fully devote himself to a councillor position.

“After retiring in 2010 from Essex-Windsor EMS, I moved back to Amherstburg. It’s my hometown. It’s where I grew up,” said Amlin. “I look at (being a councillor) as a challenge because of the situation we have now.”

Amlin acknowledged there will be a learning curve for him but said he will not make any promises, other than to work hard for the residents.

“I’m going to work hard for the constituents and be very transparent for the constituents,” he said.

Amlin’s career started with the now-former AAM Volunteer Ambulance Service and that developed into a 38-year career in the EMS profession. He was an operations manager with the Windsor Provincial Ambulance Service before coming to Essex-Windsor EMS when the services amalgamated. He retired as a district chief.

“We dealt with unions and different negotiations, I’ve dealt with big budgets as operations manager in Windsor,” said Amlin. “I try to empower people. By empowering people, you get more feedback. That’s the key to it – involving people. I’m a people person.”

Stating he has no personal agendas, Amlin said he is willing and has time to debate issues and read and research them.

“When I go into a meeting, I leave my ego at the door,” he said.

Often times it pays to see what others are doing, Amlin added, rather than “reinventing the wheel.”

While not trying to be critical of the current council, he has noticed a division.

“There seems to be sides taken. I’m not into that,” he said.

Amlin has won a Governor General’s Award for his service to community and his profession and was a founding member of the House of Shalom Youth Centre. Working with youth is something he said he has done extensively, with other achievements being his role on the Windsor Parade Corporation board of directors and a background in disaster planning.

“I have excellent communication with all emergency services in Essex County,” he said.

Amlin would like to see small industry brought to town and while it is important to get the town’s finances in order, he said the new council can’t focus exclusively on that. Having a vision for where Amherstburg is going is key, noting the town will be 20 minutes from the new bridge. He’d like to see the town work closer with the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Commission to bring new industry and jobs to town.

“Accountability is a big word everyone likes to throw around these days but you have to be accountable to the citizens. It’s their money,” said Amlin.

Amlin said he is a big fan of keeping services local and believes Amherstburg has a lot to offer.

“It’s a great little town. The infrastructure is there,” he said.

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