I grew up in East San Diego to a dad who worked for SDG&E and a stay-at-home mom. During junior and senior high school, I joined the American Red Cross program, JuniorKiwanis, Army ROTC, and the San Diego Police Department’s Explorer program.
The Explorer program influenced me the most, and I joined the San Diego Police Department when I was 22. I spent the next 29 years as a patrol officer and detective. I was on the ground level of the revitalization of a crime-ridden neighborhood now known as the Gaslamp Quarter. I am most proud of having designed curfew and truancy programs that provide immediate and long-term social intervention for at-risk youths and their parents. SDPD still utilizes my program.
I spent six years on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Police Officer’s Association. My positions as director, treasurer, political action chair, and general manager provide me with the ability to comprehend budgets, understand and maneuver through political arenas, and engage in and understand contract negotiations and bargaining.
My wife and I have called Santee “home” since 1992. Soon after, I joined Santee Kiwanis, Santee Park and Recreation Committee (SPARC), and my homeowner’s association.
During my tenure with the Santee City Council, I have been an active member of the League of California Cities, Heartland Communications, the East County Economic Development Council, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and Santee’s Community Oriented Policing Committee.
I participate annually with the Santee Firefighter’s and Sheriff’s Pancake Breakfast, American Cancer Society’s Relay 4Life, Santee Chamber of Commerce, Miss Santee and Miss Teen Santee Pageants, Santee Street Fair, Santee’s Christmas Tree Lighting, and my two favorites, the Summer Concert Series, and Santee Salutes Independence Day celebration.
I support Santee Santas, Santee Food Bank, SMOAC’s Backpacks for Kids’ program, San Diego River Park Foundation, Santee tree planting, and the Santee Historical Society.
I hope my resume speaks to a “lifetime of dedication to public service.” My wish is that I can continue to dedicate myself to Santee as your mayor.