College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
I grew up on a farm in western Illinois amid miles upon miles of cornfields. After high school I attended the University of Iowa where I was a member of the football team. (1990 Big Ten Champions! Go Hawkeyes!) I graduated with a BA in English with the intent of getting a graduate degree at Western Illinois University as a football graduate assistant coach. But, life got in the way. I was diagnosed with a potentially fatal blood disorder and had to undergo a bone marrow transplant. While recovering from that I took a part time coaching position at Monmouth College, in Monmouth, Illinois. I took classes to get my teaching certificate figuring on becoming a high school football coach. But once again life through another curve ball and I went down another path. I decided/got talked into making a run for mayor of Monmouth. I spent four years as Mayor. I knew fairly soon that public administration was the career I wanted.
I left Monmouth for Lexington, Kentucky where I had taken a job as the chief of staff for Lexington City Council. After three years on the job there I decided to return to school full time at the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!). I finished my PhD in Public Administration in May of 2007. While writing my dissertation I took a job at Eastern Kentucky University where I was the assistant professor of public finance. That year I was on the job market seeking both academic and administrative positions.
That brings us to my current status as City Administrator in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In July of 2007 my wife and I packed up our stuff, loaded our three daughters and our toy poodle on an airplane and made our way north. We hsurvived six winters in northern Minnesota. (Which is no small feat in a place where the temps can drop to -40F.) THen in 2013 we packe dup again and headed south to Atlanta where I spent four years as the city manager for the City of Doraville. LAst spring I accepted to postion of city manager for Tybee Island, GA. We have vacationed at Tybee for several years and have always dreamed of living there. If all goes well this will be our last move.
Our latest news is that we will be moving to the Atlanta, GA metro area. I have taken a new position as the City Manager of Doraville, GA.
My wife Katie and I have been married ten years. We have three daughters Georgia 17, Lilla is 15 and Scarlett is 11.