Kurt Schmitt’s leadership skills, high character would benefit Albion BOE

Posted 27 May 2020 at 7:49 am


My name is William M. Gourlay. I am a Lieutenant Colonel at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and currently Kurt Schmitt’s commanding officer. We worked together with the State Police and now serve in the Air Force together.

We worked closely together on numerous complex and challenging situations including the Ralph Phillips’ manhunt, response to the 9-11 attacks and increased necessity for security in our schools.

Kurt has extensive training in leadership, active shooter response, defensive tactics, first aid, and crisis/emergency management. Through our numerous years as co-workers, I have found Kurt to be a person of high character and integrity, a person who carries out his duties and with thoughtfulness and fairness.

Kurt is the kind of public servant that takes on duties and responsibilities with the kind of ownership and leadership abilities that reflect his high moral character. He’s a great listener and someone who cares deeply about doing the right thing. When a full-time Operations Officer position became available at the Air Force Base, I sought out Kurt specifically because I knew the kind of talents he had.

Considering the kinds of challenges facing the schools in Albion and throughout our state, I cannot think of a better person to help the community to ensure the safety and security of the students, teachers, staff and public. Kurt’s willingness to serve presents a unique opportunity to the community to choose a real leader with great insight.

If I were a resident of the Albion School District, there is no doubt in my mind that I would be proud to have a man like Kurt Schmitt serving as a representative of the people of the district.

Very respectfully,

William M. Gourlay

Orchard Park