City of Casa Grande
Where are you originally from?
Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I have always found great meaning from providing service to others, and a career in local government truly makes a difference
in people's lives. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of years in Chile. While there, I developed an unmatchable desire
for public service, because I was able to see the drastic affects that good (and bad) policies can have on a community.
Since that time, I have wanted to help improve communities through service and the implementation of sound policy.
What do you like most about your job?
I can't pick one thing that I like more than another. I love the freedom and responsibility I am given to manage important
citywide projects, leading teams of staff from across the organization to achieve success. I truly enjoy my co-workers and
value their judgment, experience, and advice. I like working with the City Council and members of the community, as we all
strive to make Casa Grande a better place (and we do a pretty good job at it, if I say so myself!).
What areas of local government interest you the most?
I have been able to work in almost all areas of our operations, and can honestly say that each area has its own charm
(although I probably wouldn't choose to work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant every day). Perhaps my favorite area of
local government deals with public interaction. I enjoy trying to figure out how people think, and then working to build
consensus amongst all parties.
As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
Each day, I try to ask myself if I have left the community better off than it was before the day started. The tasks,
programs, and projects I undertake only work if they add value to the community. In that light, I feel that my greatest
accomplishments come from making the community a better place to live, work, and play!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
"Forget yourself and go to work."