My wife, Jennifer, and I met at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. I was in working on my Master’s in Public Administration, and she was in Dental Hygiene school. I completed my graduate internship in 1998 in the Crime Analysis unit at the police department in Sioux City, IA.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota. Prior to being elected as Mayor in 2011, I was Operations Manager for Golden West Technologies for six years. I worked eight years for Gateway Computers. In addition, I served as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of South Dakota, working with people with disabilities. I’ve also taught business law on an adjunct basis at Oglala Lakota College. I served on the Rapid City Council from 2002 – 2011.