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RV Fire Board candidates

For the first time in several year voters in the Rio Verde Fire District will go to the polls on Nov. 6, to vote for the fire district board members. There are three seats up for election in November with four candidates vying for a place. Three incumbents are seeking re-election and are being challenged by a newcomer. Board members Jerry Fickes, George Kattermann and Dr. Neal Vanselow want to continue their service on the board. Bob Bigley has filed as the fourth candidate. Bigley is a six-year resident of Rio Verde. He is retired from the insurance and financial services field. “I believe in helping in the community when you are retired and think you have more time and can be of service,” Bigley said. Bigley said he had served on an ad-hoc committee to form a conservancy district in Indiana. This was a district to deal with watershed issues. Bigley said he did much of the research and nuts and bolts work that went into forming the district, however, he chose not to serve on the board. His wife, Nell, did however.

“The fire district is an important aspect of the Rio Verde community,” Bigley said. “It is something that needs attention at all times.” Fickes is something of the institution on the Fire Board having been first elected to his seat in 2000. He will be seeking a fourth term. Fickes is a career insurance actuary and served as president and chief executive officer for several insurance companies during his 40-year career. He worked with the state of New Mexico Department of Insurance and served as chief actuary in the division of life, annuity and health. Katterman moved to Rio Verde in 1998. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He also served in the

U.S. Navy. Katterman served in several executive and management positions in banking along the east coast and in Iowa. He currently serves as president of the Rio Verde Community Association. Katterman was appointed to the Fire Board in 2010 following the resignation of Donna Watson. Vanselow has been a Rio Verde resident since 1997 after a career in medicine as an educator. Vanselow trained in internal medicine and allergy/immunology at the University of Michigan and served as chairman of the department of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Professionals Education at the University of Michigan. Vanselow was also dean at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and vice president for Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Vanselow was appointed to the Fire Board in August 2009 to fill a seat being vacated by Peg Glink.

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