Commissioner, Polk County, Ore.
Number of years involved in NACo: 7
Years in public service: 40, but seven as a commissioner.
Occupation: County commissioner
Education: Some college in mechanical engineering
The hardest thing I’ve ever done is: Leave the family farm and my parents without the help they needed 32 years ago during hard times.
Three people (living or dead) I’d invite to dinner are: My late grandfather Bud, my father and my beautiful wife.
A dream I have is to: Leave a legacy of contribution to community that my family can be proud of.
You’d be surprised to learn that I: Am pretty artsy. I like to create, build and re-purpose.
The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done was: Sell off my 23-year-old business after getting elected county commissioner.
My favorite way to relax is to: Lounge in my boat on a lake in the summer or ride a mountain sled in the powder of the Cascade Mountains in the winter.
I’m most proud of: My amazing children and the families they have built.
Every morning I read: News on Twitter feeds.
My favorite meal is: Baked potatoes or eggs and bacon.
My pet peeve is: Rude drivers.
My motto is: Demonstrate good behavior to those around you, especially your children, if you expect them to demonstrate good behavior to you and others.
The last book I read was: Locker Nine
My favorite movie is: Guardians of the Galaxy
My favorite music is: ’70s rock.
My favorite U.S. president is: John F. Kennedy.
My county is a member of NACo because: I see the value in collaboration with my peers across the nation and in finding common ground on issues where we can collectively make a difference as a larger voice.Hero 1