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Jim Dolan looks forward to learning curve as new Lake Havasu City Councilman

November 14, 2018

Incoming Lake Havasu City Councilman Jim Dolan is looking forward to the learning curve that will come with being part of the City Council.

Without an agenda, Dolan said he plans to listen to Havasu residents and use his experience as a businessman, lifelong Havasu resident and volunteer to try to make the best decisions for the city.

“Sometimes you have to know when to decide to do something and when to decide not to do something and I think that’s where the business sense in me comes into mind,” Dolan said. “You gotta kind of separate the wants from the needs and sometimes you have to make a tough decision for something that may pay off in the future but doesn’t have an immediate result that people can see.”

Dolan said his job as the owner of Campbell Cove One Stop involves working with people a lot. He has to keep customers and his employees happy. Those skills will help him make sound decisions for Havasu residents, he said.

His financial experience through his business will also help his decision-making in the City Council.

“We have a lot of wants, we have a lot of needs, we only have so much revenue,” he said.

As part of the council, Dolan expects to work on implementing the Havasu Vision 20/20 strategic plan and support the city manager. He will also make time to be available to constituents, he said.

Balancing his family life, running a business and being part of local government will be a challenge, Dolan said. He said along with attending meetings and being on committees, council members should attend public events to make themselves available to residents.

Dolan has been involved in the Rotary Club of Lake Havasu, the annual balloon festival and has volunteered in local nonprofits. He said running for City Council felt like a good next step for him to get involved.

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