Biography and Background
My wife Lesli and I have been married for 32 years. We have two children. Our son is a firefighter for the City of Meridian and our daughter is a graphic designer/entrepreneur here in Coeur d’Alene. I am a retired deputy chief for the City of Santa Monica Fire Department and Lesli is a retired teacher, small business owner, and was recently elected to the CDA School Board. We were all raised in southern California, and we have fond memories of growing up during some of California’s most golden years. In 2014 we made a deliberate decision to purchase land in beautiful Kootenai County. We identified with the socially and politically conservative nature of the area. Lesli and I began building in 2016 and moved into our home in July 2017.
My personal background set the tone for my desire to serve in this community and the State of Idaho. I was involved in student government and was very active in sports during high school and college. I was also very involved in my church; it was a big influence in directing my life and continues to be so. My work experience includes being a respiratory therapist and a mortician apprentice. While working on my health-science degree and employed at Long Beach St. Mary’s Medical Center, I found my true calling after numerous encounters with members of the Long Beach Fire Department. After building a resume of firefighting experiences, I was hired as a firefighter by the City of Santa Monica in 1987. I have worked in most ever aspect of the department: Firefighter, Paramedic, Acting Engineer, Captain, Paramedic Coordinator, Training Captain, Division Chief, Battalion Chief, Training Chief, and eventually retiring in 2017, as the Deputy Chief of Operations.
I have an associate degree in Respiratory Therapy and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. I have numerous occupational certificates i.e., Urban Search and Rescue, Incident Command, etc. and numerous units of continuing education related to my time working in public safety.
Even in retirement I maintain a strong work ethic and continue to be an avid learner. I was hired by the College of Eastern Idaho as a Fire Technology Instructor, until COVID hit. I currently work as a part time property manager.
One constant over the past three years has been my desire to increasingly help serve the people with political involvement. I have a great deal of wisdom and world experience that will benefit the people in the State of Idaho and Kootenai County if given the opportunity to serve in our State Senate