Growing up in a rural community my parents instilled in me the value of hard work and service. I am proud of my military service and a career as a public servant working to help others. I’m also a proud life-long union member.
My first union job was at age 16 as a member of UFCW at Albertson’s Grocery. After returning home from service in the U.S. Army, I worked at the Weyerhaeuser pulp production facility in Everett through the the Boilermakers Union.
Thirty-two years ago, I joined the Everett Police Department. I served our community in every position and almost every rank, most recently as a captain. I hold the department in high regard and have the utmost respect for the men and women in Everett’s public safety professions. But as a professional law enforcement officer I have always recognized the need to adapt and improve the way law enforcement serves the community, and that is important now more than ever. Over the course of my career I’ve listened to our community and worked to eliminate the use of the “hog tie” as a police restraint tactic, double the amount of officer police academy training hours, implement a comprehensive Domestic Violence policy for the police department, and limit the situations where police vehicle pursuits were allowed. My work in Everett to eliminate the use of the “hog tie” tactic gained national recognition and helped eliminate this restraint tactic across the country. These initiatives, and many others, are examples of how law enforcement and communities can work together to improve safety for both officers and the community they serve.
I believe that service to the community extends beyond my profession. I’ve been a member of the Everett Rotary Club since 2003 and I value the work that organization does in Everett and around the world. I served on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County from 2005 to 2013 and experienced firsthand the incredible service that organization provides to our youth. And I currently serve on the board for Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, an organization dedicated to helping change the lives of domestic violence survivors and families.
I’m running for office because I believe that my knowledge, experience, and community background will be invaluable to our residents as we navigate through the difficult issues we are facing.
My wife, Teresa, and I live in the Forest Park area. We enjoy the outdoors, travel, and spending time with our three grandkids.