Write-In Brings Law Enforcement Background To Bid

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Bill Fogle, candidate for District 3 county supervisor

As one of many candidates vying for the District 3 seat on the Gila County Board of Supervisors, Bill Fogle stands out.

He is the only write-in candidate and he is the only contender with a history in law enforcement.

Fogle, 55, grew up in the Valley, graduated from Sunnyslope High School and went to work at the Phoenix Police Department in the late 1960s.

He married his wife, Debbie in 1998 and they have a 7-year-old daughter.

After 25 years, and making lieutenant at the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Fogle retired.

He and Debbie now build, own and manage rental property in Gila County. Fogle said his experience in business would greatly affect his style of management.

"I have a strong appreciation for business, and I intend to run Gila County like a business," he said.

Fogle said he would meet with federal, tribal and local governments to build a strong economic development plan and attract new business to the area.

"People here deserve more than what they have," he said. "I've talked to people, especially young folks, and they don't want their children to have to leave their hometown to go to school or look for employment. I think we can do something about that."

His other ideas include seeking federal and private dollars to improve health services, coordinating better communications between fire and police departments, maintaining the road between Young and Highway 260 and keeping property taxes down.

Another issue is education, he said. He's interested in bringing a four-year degree program to Gila Community College by working with one of the major state universities.

"We need to work with the county school superintendent to make sure that kids at least finish high school," he said.

"Arizona has one of the highest dropout rates in the nation. Gila County is probably one of the worst as well.

"I don't think as a board of supervisors we should just turn our heads to that."

Essentially, Fogle is here to stay.

"I'm a strong leader, always have been, and I look forward to working with people in Gila County -- and I'll work for them," he said. "I'm a long-term resident and I have a strong interest in Gila County. This is where I plan to spend the rest of my life -- my wife and I invest in the community."

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