Tuesday Aug 31 2010
Herman 'enjoys being involved'
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
Roseville Parks and Recreation Commissioner seeks seat on the City Council
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of Press Tribune profiles of the six candidates for Roseville City Council. All profiles will be available online at www.rosevillept.com. ---------- By the time he started high school, Tim Herman knew he either wanted to become a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers or a dentist. He said he’s always been goal oriented, so when he decided on those two career paths, he knew he would inevitably pursue one or the other. “The Dodgers never called,” he said. So Herman, 49, followed the dentist route and now serves as president and CEO of Personalized Dental Care of Roseville and Lincoln, which he owns with four partners. The business has four locations and nearly 50 employees. “Roseville has been really good to my family and that’s why I want to make sure I give back in a more substantial way,” he said. Herman, a Roseville Parks and Recreation Commissioner, is running for Roseville City Council. He’s up against five other people to fill two vacant council seats. The election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 2. “Roseville is a great place to live, a great place to raise a family, a great place to do business,” he said, sitting in the consultation room of his practice on a recent afternoon. Herman grew up in southern California and graduated from high school in Rohnert Park. He played baseball for a season at University of the Pacific and then transferred to CSUS where he met his future wife in a chemistry class. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of California San Francisco in 1988 and began practicing dentistry in Roseville in 1989. His family has lived here since 1992. His daughter, now 22, graduated from Roseville High School. In the past 18 years, Herman has been involved with parks and recreation, youth sports, education, running his own business and volunteering with the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. “All those things give me a really broad perspective,” he said. In the mid-1990s, Herman volunteered in his daughter’s kindergarten class, then served on the Cooley Middle School site council and later joined the Roseville Joint Union High School District’s Continuous Improvement Team from 2002 to 2006. He also coached soccer and served as president of the Woodcreek Seawolves swim team. In 2001, Herman was appointed to the position of Parks and Recreation Commissioner. He said he’s proud of the fact that the city boasts 60 parks and plans for three universally accessible playgrounds. In 2004, he served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and last year was named Business Person of the Year. “I’ve been (asked), ‘Do you ever say no?’” Herman said. “Fortunately, I’ve got a lot of energy and enjoy being involved.” If elected, he would support methods to diversify the city’s economic base and partner with business leaders throughout the region to foster sustained economic growth. He said the city must continue to make this area attractive to builders and he supports downtown redevelopment efforts. “We have a lot of great neighborhoods but there needs to be something to hold them all together,” he said. “The plans to revitalize the downtown area and Royer Park, I see that as the hub … to tie it all together.” He said he would work to implement an economic development plan that encompasses local universities, housing, medical research and green technology. He supports the Drexel University proposal to build a campus on the west side of town. “Getting a top-tier, private, residential campus built here will add high-paying jobs and a better-educated workforce for all of us,” Herman said. If elected, he said he’d make budget cuts in strategic ways, which doesn’t necessarily mean reducing programs and services. He uses an example from his business, which has been affected by the economic downturn, as more clients are unable to take time off work for appointments. Instead of cutting services, the practice extended its hours and hired another dentist. Herman has been endorsed by Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner, Roseville Mayor Gina Garbolino, Councilwoman Carol Garcia, retired City Manager Mike Shellito and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bob Smith among others. Robyn Raphael, director of the Keaton Raphael Memorial, also endorses Herman, who shaved his head for the organization’s St. Baldrick’s fundraising event in March. “He’s been an incredible community supporter,” Raphael said. “Last year, he was an active board member and he’s always been a level-headed person … he and his wife Pam, they’re good, caring people. He would make very good decisions for the city.” While Herman may not play Major League Baseball, he stays active — primarily through water-skiing and running. He ran his first marathon last year and now runs up to 20 miles a week. He said running is a great stress reliever and gives him a chance to think. He plans to run another marathon next summer. “I am very, very energetic,” Herman said with a laugh. Sena Christian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. ---------- For more information about Tim Herman’s campaign, visit www.votetimherman.com or search “Vote Tim Herman” on www.facebook.com.