Ricker running for Fredonia trustee

Dale Ricker is announcing his intention to run for a trustee seat on the Fredonia Village Board. He has been a village resident for more than 30 years and is a retired patrolman for the Fredonia Police Department after more than 28 years of service.

He is currently employed at Basil Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac in Fredonia. He has been employed there for more than 10 years advancing from a driver to a salesman and currently he serves as the transportation maintenance supervisor.

As a police officer for the village of Fredonia, he earned several commendations including one for entering a burning apartment to help residents out of the apartment. Another commendation was for disarming an armed subject after a shooting incident.

He also received commendations for working to improve evidence control procedures and for updating warrant procedures. He was a president of the Fredonia PBA for several terms as well as treasurer for two terms and secretary for two terms. He has also served as the chairman for the Policeman’s Ball and the PBA summer picnic as well as the chairman of the yearbook committee for several years.

Ricker currently serves on the supervisory committee for the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union. Prior to a police career, he worked 11 years at Blackstone Corp. as a printer.

Mr. Ricker served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam from July 1969 to July 1971 active duty, and served two years active reserve and two inactive years reserve in the Army Reserve in NY.

Dale chose to live here in Fredonia with his wife, Sonja, and raise their two children, Kenneth and Vicki. He currently has four grandchildren. He has met a lot of wonderful people in the 30 years that he and his family have lived in Fredonia. He has been proud to serve them in the past as a village employee and will be proud to serve them as a Village of Fredonia Trustee.

It is his desire to help bring Fredonia back to a prosperous, vibrant village. If elected, Ricker said he promises to work for the taxpayers and keep their best interests in mind. He will be available to listen to resident concerns and will always put voters above the elected. He would like to face the current concerns of the taxpayers and help them lead happier, more prosperous lives.

Ricker intends to promote the businesses that have served the village for many years and help the business owners by making sure that their businesses thrive. He believes that we need to get back to buying local, everything from vehicles to paint brushes whenever possible.

He said that we need to bring in permanent businesses to serve our residents. He believes we need a pharmacy and other businesses downtown to serve our elderly infirm residents, who cannot drive or walk to Route 60 or Vineyard Drive, for their needs.

He would like to bring pride back to Fredonia with the help of the village residents and others on the Village Board of Trustees, if elected.