Dennis was most recently elected to council in 2016. He also served on council 2010 – 2014, leaving the council to serve on the inaugural Board of Trustees for Southern Oregon University when appointed by the Governor. Dennis has also served on the Citizen Budget Committee, as well as numerous other City and community organizations in leadership roles.
Dennis is a professor at Southern Oregon University and teaches accounting. He holds an active CPA license and a Masters in Business Administration. Dennis has lived in Ashland since 1977. He is married to Sandra Slattery. As a loving team, they combine to serve Ashland in a wide variety of issues.
Dennis’ particular focus for this term on City Council is figuring out positive paths forward to affordable housing, workforce housing and affordable ownership. He is also a leader on budgetary issues and finding ways to fund Ashland’s many priorities in a very resource constrained environment. Dennis also has a strong desire to lead in issues of diversity and inclusion in Ashland – seeking ways to make Ashland an ever more welcoming place to people of good will.
Dennis’ favorite part of serving on the City Council is meeting with people to discuss issues and positive solutions. He encourages citizens to reach out and schedule time to talk.
“I believe in Ashland, the place it is and the place it can be. I believe in the people of Ashland, the collective knowledge and the variety of skills our people possess makes Ashland a special place. Working together towards positive solutions, as a community, I believe we can accomplish great things and be a model for others.
I understand community leadership. It takes hard and dedicated work focused on issues to create the right solutions for the community.
I believe this is best achieved through mutually respectful communication and collaborative process. Issues and challenges facing our community will change, but the ability to work with others in tackling challenges is what is necessary to achieve positive results.
I believe it is important, and our obligation, to leave a better place for the next generations to have the opportunity to live in a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community.”
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