How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join?
I joined FCCMA in 2012. I was encouraged by our then and current County Administrator Ray Sandrock to join as he explained the many benefits being a member of the Association. I quickly learned the value of the resources available such as training opportunities, sharing of best practices, support and advocacy of our profession, networking, and the high set of values and standards we expect from each other as public servants.
Why did you select a career in public service?
I chose to work in local government to make a difference, be part of making a place better – sounds cliché, but I have been lucky enough to serve in the community I grew up in. My background is in economics and I started in our Budget Office. Even back then, having a role in capital planning and funding, it’s always been rewarding to be involved in a project, program, or initiative that makes a positive impact on the people in our county.
Please tell us about your current position and give a brief job description if you are not a City Administrator/Manager.
I’m currently serving as deputy county administrator; however, I have the honor of becoming the next county administrator this March, when Mr. Sandrock retires. I currently oversee Human Resources, Community Services, Community Development and Tourism departments.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Favorite and most important part is working with people – our executive team, employees, stakeholders, citizens. Input from all of these groups is critical to our work of building consensus, solving problems, implementing plans and achieving common goals.
What are your hobbies/interests?
Staying active, hiking, golfing (when I can), spending time with family and trying to keep up with my three sons. I’d like to travel more, especially to see how other states, counties and cities are doing what we do.
If you could give one piece of advice to people interested in a career in public service, what would it be?
Do the right, ethical thing – even if it’s going to be a more difficult decision or path to go down.