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 served on the Rapid City Planning Commission from 2001-2002, and was first elected to the Rapid City Common Council in 2002 and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010; Elected Mayor in June 2011 and re-elected in 2013.
My education includes a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice & Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota. In addition to my experience on the council and my education, I have extensive management and leadership experience in the private sector. Most recently, I worked for Golden West Technologies in Rapid City. I have also taught business law at Oglala Lakota College – Rapid City campus.