My name is Timothy (Tim) J. Clark. This is a personal website/blog that I maintain with the intent to support change that citizens will conclude contribute to a more perfect (better) county. Improvements at the county level can lead to needed improvements at the national level.
I advocate for the application of better methods that include fact, data, and process-based decision making that can result in outcomes where everyone gains, or at least, are not any worse off in the long-term.
Summary of my background:
- Quality improvement practitioner, educator, and author who specializes in the public sector. A senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Past Chair, Indianapolis Section of ASQ.
- Retired from the Department of Defense and U.S. Army Reserve. Served on active duty for over three (3) years after 911.
- Bachelor of Arts – Political Science with continuing education in accounting, computer technology, data administration and management, statistics, quality improvement. Master’s degrees in strategic studies and public administration.
- Served on the Brown County Redevelopment Commission and on the Brown County Schools Strategic Planning Committee. Volunteer – Brown County Leader Network.
- Co-administrator of the Facebook Group – Brown County Matters where I frequently post on county government-related topics.
- A property owner in the county for over 20 years, full-time resident for five years and a frequent visitor to the county for over 50 years.
Vision: Supporting the application of better methods for working together towards a more perfect county and Union.
The Mission of the Independent Voters of Brown County IN is to support candidates for political office and appointees to boards and commissioners that support basic governance principles and will work together towards a more perfect union and county.
“The duties of the office of a private citizen cannot ... be neglected without serious injury to the public.” - Louis Brandeis
Values. Values guide behavior and help people assess the rightness of direction.
- FACTS. Fact-based decision making. Using facts and data (evidence) to help identify and define a problem.
- PROCESS. The science of quality management identifies that processes determine the majority if not all of the result. Identify, document, and continually improve the process.
- SOLUTIONS. When identifying a problem, also provide options/solution (s).
- RESULTS. Assessing results includes identifying what worked, what did not, and what further action may be needed.
- QUESTIONS. “If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” – W. Edwards Deming
Context: The aim of the U.S. political system is to encourage and empower citizens to work together towards a more perfect union. This can be accomplished by taking action that results in outcomes where everyone benefits or at least, will not be any worse off in the long-term. This requires citizens to identify the feedback that will be used to determine if a change is resulting in improvement.
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi
The Independent Voters of Brown County is founded on the overarching principle that the U.S. — as a republic defined by the U.S. Constitution, “… is dependent upon the active and informed involvement of the people for their continued good health” – U.S. Constitution Center
An independent voter is defined as a citizen who votes for candidates based on principles rather than on the basis of political party affiliation, ideology or partisanship.
“ …. upon exiting the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”