Born in 1972 and raised in Eastern Iowa, I am the second of four sons. I attended parochial school in elementary and junior high, and graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in Cedar Rapids in 1991. In my youth, our family made regular road trips across the country, eventually getting to beautiful Colorado and ski country. I enrolled in college at Iowa State University in Ames, and graduated with a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning with a minor in Economics.
At ISU, I began to develop advanced technical skills that would become useful later in my career. In addition, I worked my way through college at local restaurants, eventually taking on management jobs. I never forgot my Colorado experience, however, and took many spring break trips here with friends. Those trips solidified my love for Colorado and desire to make it my home.
Later in my education I accepted a job with the City of Ames performing property appraisal work over the summer, my first experience with both public service and real estate. After graduation, I was hired at a software technology firm that produced digital maps for business and government clients. Through these experiences I came to understand the operations, tendencies, successes and failures of local government. Despite experiencing success, I never forgot my trips to our great state, and decided to make a move in 1997. The next spring I made a trip that would change my life, spending a week in the front range interviewing at real estate firms, construction companies and technology businesses as well as some local governments. Douglas County Assessor's Office was the first to respond with a job offer, and I accepted it immediately.
My wife, Marcie, and I met here and have been married for 18 years. We share one son, William, currently a sophomore at Legend High School in Parker. As a family we enjoy traveling, dogs, the outdoors, skiing and other mountain activities, cooking, and music.
In the 24 years I have been at Douglas County I have been promoted six times, by four different Assessors, working in all facets of real estate appraisal, title, GIS, data analysis, statistics, reporting, management, technology, and of course, customer service. In my years of service with the Assessor's office we have developed a reputation for using technology to better serve our citizens, manage to cost of government, increase online services, and greatly improve the accuracy and fairness of property valuations.
I intend on continuing our legacy of service and innovation as your next Assessor, and hope you will support our mission in this election.