Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have lived in Green River for over 40 years, moving to the area after serving in the U.S. Army and graduating college. I initially came to work for the U.S. Forest Service, and after serving in various positions in the community, retired after 17 years as the Director of Transportation for School District #1. I have served on numerous boards and commissions, two previous terms on the City Council, and am finishing my second term as Mayor.
The opportunity to work with a great team of committed and highly qualified individuals to generate ideas, create innovation, and develop a better place to live, work and play has motivated me to seek reelection as Mayor of the City of Green River.
What do you see as the most important issues in your candidacy and how will you address them?
Despite declining revenue, we have maintained a high level of services in the community and avoided layoffs, while making improvements to City infrastructure, programs, and services. We have been able to do this with a focus on utilizing federal and state funds when possible, thus reducing the direct burden on the tax payers of Green River.
Public safety is a major priority for me, and I am proud that levels of both violent and property crimes are half of what they were ten years ago thanks to the amazing work of the men and women in the Police Department. Our Fire Department is among the best in the state, and despite budgetary constraints they have made improvements to vehicles, equipment, and training.
Our Public Works Department has saved citizens $9 million by negotiating a lower interest rate on loans, and the Parks and Recreation Department was the 2020 National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in parks and recreation management, a testament to the great work of the employees.
We have also seen the addition of a number of small businesses to the community, and have continued city-wide events such as the Wednesday Farmers Market, Trunk-or-Treat, Art on the Green, and many others.
Over the next four years, planned industrial expansions, increasing local tourism, and new small businesses will create additional opportunities for our community. I am committed to asking for, and listening to citizen input to guide our City into the future, and completing the tasks we’ve begun.
How can voters contact you?
I’m happy to have folks contact me with ideas, concerns, and other issues on my cell phone at 307-871-3175.
I would ask for your vote, so that I may continue to serve this community, and work to make Green River an even better place to live, work and play.