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Your Candidates: Oxford City Council

Learn more about the Post 4 council candidates

Sue Dale

1. When and why did you move to Newton County?

We moved to Oxford in June 2006 when my husband became pastor of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church.

2. Please list the names of your spouse and children.

I am married to Brian Dale, pastor of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, and have two children, Michael and David. Michael is an Oxford College graduate and currently attends Emory University.  David is a senior at Newton County High School.  I also have three step-children, Daniel, Jeffrey, and Bethany; and two granddaughters, Maia and Audrey.

3. Please list your educational background

I have earned a Master of Business Administration degree and am a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

4. Please describe your professional background.

 I came to Oxford with over 20 years experience in healthcare operation management at a senior level.  I have been a leader in strategic short- and long-range planning, budgeting, cost control, human relations and management at multi-site operations. In 2007, I joined Oxford College as their Human Resources Manager.  Most recently, I serve as the City of Oxford’s grant writer.

I also own Dale’s Tails, an in-home pet sitting business.

5. Please describe your community/non-profit/public service background.

Public service includes my work in the church, including mission trips within the U.S. and abroad to Honduras, Costa Rica, and Russia.   I served on the Mayor’s Task Force for Traffic Safety in Albany, Georgia, where grant money was awarded for public education on traffic safety related issues such as seat belt use and railroad crossing safety.  I also am a volunteer essay examiner for the American College of Medical Practice Executives where I evaluate the writing of peers.  I volunteer as a member of the Community Accountability Board for Newton County’s Balanced and Restorative Justice Program helping first-time juvenile offenders.  I have worked with various other organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Relay For Life.

6. What is the most important issue facing Oxford?

Oxford’s biggest challenge is to accommodate new families moving to the area while preserving the sense of community that we all love here.     We need to preserve our historical and architectural elements, but continue to expand our walking paths and sidewalks.

7. If elected, what are your goals for office?

 I care a lot about the Oxford community, where I live and work.  I want to become an active member in a position where I can influence change and make a positive contribution for all residents.   As a rookie, I will bring a fresh perspective.  I am interested in sustainability (recycling and conservation); supporting the City’s comprehensive plan in becoming a more walkable community; and continuing to preserve our historical sites.

The Council is the most visible representative of the entire Oxford community.  I would encourage more citizens to attend the meetings and get involved.   I do not have a specific agenda, but I would like to find out what the residents want and make that happen.  If you would like to discuss your concerns, please call me at 404-597-6256.


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