Creve Coeur Fire Protection District Board Q&A: Full Term

Ron Olshwanger and Lili Goodman Lieberman are running for the seat.

Patch gave candidates a series of questions to answer as part of our Participate 2012 coverage.

Ron Olshwanger is running against Lili Goodman Lieberman. Goodman-Lieberman has expressed campaign concerns via . We will also link to responses given to the League of Women Voters and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Brief Biography

 My name is Ron Olshwanger. I am a retired business owner and a public servant. Before my tenure as Director for the Creve Coeur Fire District I was Auxiliary Police Chief for the City Of Olivette and Assistant Chief of the Red Cross Disaster Service. In total I have spent nearly forty years of my life dedicated to serving the public.

Why are you running for a seat on the board?

 I am running for re-election to ensure the work I have started continues, to make the Creve Coeur Fire District an elite entity, the envy of every other community in St. Louis County and beyond.

What are the two biggest issues facing the district?

Budget crunch: As with all public entities, money is tight. Through strict rules on spending we have faced this budget crunch head on, achieving a level of fiscal responsibility all residents of the fire district should feel proud of.

Increasing call volume: For years the call volume has continued to rise, especially the need for EMS personnel and ambulances. To counteract this trend we placed a second ambulance in service at house one during peak hours to better serve the community and reduce the need for mutual aid, all with no increase to the tax paying citizens of the District.

If elected, at the end of my term, voters could say ________about what I’ve accomplished?

At the end of my term the voters of the District will say he left the Fire District better than he found it, for the employees and citizens alike.


Editor's Note: A previous version of this story indicated Goodman-Lieberman did not respond to a Patch request for answers to these questions. Patch did send out the questions with a Thursday 5 p.m. deadline. Goodman called to clarify Friday afternoon and said he did not receive the form. Patch apologizes for any miscommunication but did send out the forms to each candidate.


truth March 30, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Money is tight because of the huge pensions and salaries. The Creve Coeur Fire District has a 13 million dollar budget with most going for the salaries and pension. Read my blogs.
truth March 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Ron you said quote" you can't overpay a paramedic, firefighter or policeman," and you sure are doing a great job of it in the Creve Coeur Fire District with the tax payers hard earned money.
Sam Goodman March 31, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Ron, you have illegal political signs on the Saint Louis County and Creve Coeur public right of way. This is against the law or don't you care about the law.
Sam Goodman March 31, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Ron, tell the Voters why you and the other Directors take full paid Health, dental, and vision insurance as an extra benefit for being on the board. Tell the Voters of the cost of the insurance. Lili and Sam will not take this large perk.
Sam Goodman March 31, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Ron, Cathy mentioned about a tight budget, why do the firefighters get $1650 for food allowance a year or more? Most people have to bring or buy their own lunches or dinners. This would save the district between 83,000 to 100,000 a year.
Sam Goodman April 03, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Vote out the the incumbents in the Creve Coeur Fire District Posted on April 2, 2012 at 10:13 am Elections are right around the corner. Tuesday April 3 is a important election day. Most voters take local elections lightly, then they realise that tax increases and other costly issues are pesented on the ballots to them. Some tax issues are needed when the elected officials make mistakes with your tax dollars. This is why we the voters need to vote out incumbents. The Creve Coeur Fire District is going to need a tax increase if it continues to be in the pockets of the public employees(firefighters). This is the time for change. Vote Sam and Lili and get the incumbents out of office before they give away all your tax money
Sam Goodman April 03, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Do right in the Creve Coeur Fire District. Posted on April 2, 2012 at 8:18 am Well, elections are tomorrow April 3 and Lili and I tried to inform you about the quiet scam in the Creve Coeur Fire District. I hope you walk past these uniformed firefighters and vote against their hand picked union CANDIDATES and vote out the incumbents. Vote for the taxpayer candidates that owe nothing to the firefighters and only have the voters in mind. The firefighters spent a lot of money to sway you to vote for their candidates. Don't be fooled Tuesday April 3 and walk past the uniformed Firefighters and vote for Lili and Sam who will only have your interest in mind and be your advocate. Thank you to all the smart voters in the Creve Coeur Fire District.
Scott Simon April 03, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Frankly Sam, while I see the merit of your platform, Lili Goodman-Lieberman has failed to answer a media Q&A and has had adequate opportunity to do so. You infer about a "quiet scam" in the CCFD. Well, the candidate failing to publicize herself is too quiet for voter interest. She really needed sound campaign advice and now really is too late to turn around people's opinion. Voters do take these municipal elections too lightly but at the same time, some candidates aren't serious about really putting out an effective campaign.
Sam Goodman April 03, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Lili did answer one, and also is in the voters guide. We met with the editor of the creve coeur patch for 1.5 hours, but he did not print our interview. He must not consider our time and opinions very worthy, or too controversial for him.
Gregg Palermo April 03, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I can assure everyone involved that I consider everyone's time and opinions seriously. Every candidate had access to our blog platform, and I'm appreciative of the fact that the Goodmans did take advantage of that, several times. We did so in our Voter Guide and I'll do it again here....here's a link to the answers Ms. Goodman-Lieberman provided to the Post-Dispatch/League of Women Voters Q&A. http://lwv.thevoterguide.org/v/stlouis12/race-detail.do?id=10150806
Scott Simon April 03, 2012 at 04:33 AM
The League of Women Voters Guide is pretty limited in regards to depth. Neither candidate makes a strong impact why someone should vote for them tomorrow.
Sam Goodman April 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Vote today for candidates they have your interest in mind, not outside influence. Local politics are the most costly to tax payers. Don't be fooled by firefighters in uniform playing on your sympathy. So when you see them realise they make $130,000 per year, retire with lump sum payments in the large six figures plus full retirement. The current Directors get health, dental, and vision insurance paid for in full by the taxpayers for four meetings a month which they also get paid for.
Sam Goodman April 03, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Ron, tell the voters you are going to refuse the huge perk you voted on for the Directors to recieve health, dental, and vision insurance paid for by the tax payers.


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