I am a native Minnesotan, raised in central Minnesota. My dad was a small businessman. He owned a barbershop for 42 years. He modeled the values of compassion and common sense as I grew up watching him pour his life into his family, business, and community. My mom was a surgical nurse. She modeled care and commitment as I grew up watching her pour her life into her family, work, and community. These are the values I bring to my service.
My wife Kris and I married in 1992 and are 29-year residents of Lakeville. We have two adult children, Mitchell and Lydia who are both graduates of Lakeville schools. We have two dogs, Kairo (Samoyed) and Chester (Bernese Mountain Dog).
I hold a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul and I am a graduate of Concordia University in St. Paul with a degree in organizational management and communication. I am also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Harvard University Kennedy School Crisis Leadership Program.
36+ years of public service. I am a retired Apple Valley Police Captain and currently serve as the Director of Security and Emergency Management at Carleton College in Northfield. I am the founder/president of Influence International, a Lakeville-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that equips public service leaders for capable, compassionate service that is not subject to personal gain.
In addition to serving as a Lakeville City Councilmember, I serve on the board of Haiti Teen Challenge and am a member and past president of Hosanna Church. I also serve on the Concordia University Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. I have board experience with the YMCA, Lakeville Baseball Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the LNHS Speech Booster Board. I have served on the Apple Valley Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, the LOGIS Public Safety Steering Committee, and as an alternate on the Dakota Communications Center Law Enforcement Operations Group.