I am thankful to have lived in the Willamette Valley for over forty-four years. I have been married to my wife Sue for 35 wonderful years, and am a father to three grown sons and one daughter, and grandfather to five beautiful girls and one wonderful baby boy. As Sue and I have spent our lives and raised our family in the Willamette Valley, we could not be more grateful for the love and support of all of our friends, family and neighbors in the community. To those in the district, I am often known for my involvement at Church on the Hill and McMinnville Praise Assembly, participation in community groups and events, and as a volunteer coach for our local youth sports programs. I have also been known for my work as the 2013- 2014 president of the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and as a Board Member of Crisis Chaplaincy Services.
I served as Chief of Police for the City of McMinnville from 2006 to 2014. In this position I led a team of over 50 employees, support staff, volunteers and technicians, and oversaw and implemented a $7 million budget. Working with our partners in the community, we developed new programs and initiatives, including the completion of a new, state of the art public safety facility, implementation of a motorcycle traffic program, development of a tactical support team, enhancement of the department’s training program, re-structuring the scheduling and deployment of officers to better serve the needs of the community, completion of a five year strategic plan, and received Law Enforcement Accreditation through the Oregon Accreditation Alliance.
As a department, we were most effective in developing active partnerships with others in the community and promoting policies for creating stronger, safer neighborhoods. Whether it meant working with the city council or other local government officials to address public safety concerns, creating a partnership with our local schools to improve emergency preparedness and school resource officer programs, or sitting down with other local leaders to ensure policies were in place to effectively help those in need, we always lead with integrity, compassion and excellence.
My community involvement, combined with my experience in serving the residents of McMinnville and Yamhill County have provided me with a unique understanding of our community’s issues and the importance of strong representation in Salem. I have the experience and skills that will bring people together and work toward collaborative solutions that will benefit the citizens of Oregon and the communities of Carlton, Dundee, Hillsboro, Lafayette, McMinnville and Yamhill.
I am grateful for the relationships in the community we have created over the years working together. I’ll never forget summer days walking downtown during lunch talking with shop owners and friends, delivering Christmas gifts to children in need, meeting with members of the McMinnville Leadership Council, or making presentations to community groups.
In our community, we treat our neighbors with kindness and respect, we help those in need, and we place great pride in our strong families. We are a community with flourishing business and industry, a strong agriculture backbone, and a place where families are proud to raise their children. However, there are still many areas in which we can improve, and I humbly ask for your support so I can continue to serve our community with the same passion I have my entire life.