Mayor Pro Tem
208 North First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
Phone: (989) 657-2145
Fax: (989) 354-1709
I spent most of my life in and around Dayton, Ohio where I grew up in a blue collar, middle class family. My father worked for General Motors and my mother was a bus driver for Montgomery County. My parents were active in the community and instilled in me a sense of civic responsibility combined with a blue collar work ethic. They also taught me the value of an education. I ultimately pursued my education at the University of Dayton where I met my wife Sue. After marrying in 1993, Sue and I both completed our college educations. She earned a Bachelor's in Social Work, and I earned a Bachelor's in English Literature and a Master's in English Composition.
After the birth of our first child in March of 2000, my wife and I began looking for a smaller community with plentiful natural resources, good schools, and a strong community college in which to raise our family. Our search led my wife, four month old daughter Shelby, and I to Alpena in July of 2000. Shortly after making Alpena our home, we bought a house on First Avenue and began the daunting task of gutting and remodeling it. Our efforts were recognized with a Community Pride Award in 2001. Since that time, we have completed our home with the addition of three boys - Griffin, Reed, and Clark.
As a family we enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and gardening. We are also involved with Thunder Bay Soccer Association and the Thunder Bay Basketball Association; our family has both played and coached since 2005. I also enjoy writing and playing/watching a variety of recreational sports. We enjoy the wide variety of activities that Alpena has to offer and plan to both enjoy and contribute to Alpena as we raise our family.
I grew up realizing the importance of civic responsibility, but never formally became involved in politics until we moved to Alpena. As an Instructor at ACC, I have been privileged enough to engage in several discussions with numerous people about Alpena. After gaining perspective about our community from a variety of passionate residents, I felt the time was right to become involved in our community politically. I was appointed to the City of Alpena Planning Commission in 2005 and then ran for Alpena City Council in 2007. After losing the election by a small margin, I was honored with an appointment to the Alpena Municipal Council to fulfill Mayor Carol Shafto's term. After serving for two years, I ran again in 2009 and was elected to a four year term. I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat and typically vote for third parties. I believe that it is important for all community representatives, Republican or Democrat, City, Township, or County, to work together for the collective good of our community. With that in mind, I try to engage in discourse with a variety of people, collect data and opinions in an objective manner, and then simply vote my conscience.
I have worked as an educator for the last 14 years. After completing my Master's Degree in English Composition from the University of Dayton, I worked as an Adjunct Instructor for a variety of universities and junior colleges in and around Dayton. In 1995, I was hired as a full-time Instructor for Wilmington College where I began a unique and fulfilling chapter of my professional career. Through Wilmington College, I worked as an Instructor in the Ohio Prison System. After two years of teaching in the prison system, I was promoted to the position of College Administrator for two separate maximum security prisons. Though I enjoyed the experience, I longed to return to the classroom full-time.
In 2000, I was hired as a full-time English Instructor at ACC where I have thoroughly enjoyed the students, staff, faculty, and administration. I have taught a wide variety of classes at ACC from Journalism to Technical Communications to Creative Writing. I am privileged to work with community college students and would not trade this student population for any other.
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I am excited about the opportunity to serve the community and help move Alpena into the next decade. It is important that City representatives utilize our greatest resource; the people that we represent. Therefore, please contact me via email with any suggestions and/or concerns you have regarding our community.