City of Eloy
Where are you originally from?
I am from High Point, North Carolina. After completing my bachelor's degree, I relocated out west where I went to graduate school at ASU, and have worked for local
governments in Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I've had a keen interest in government since college, and was encouraged to pursue a government career by a college professor who later became a U.S. Senator. I enjoy
the dynamic nature of working in local government, especially formulating and implementing policies that will have a positive impact on the physical, social and
economic environment of the community.
What do you like most about your job?
I truly enjoy the opportunities and challenges of city management, and look forward to going to work each day. At this point in my career I find the coaching and
mentoring of employees the most gratifying and enjoyable part of my job.
What areas of local government interest you the most?
Since most of my experience and background has been in community development and planning & zoning, I am most comfortable and knowledgeable in this area. Also, I
am interested in public works operations, and enjoy working with staff on constructing various infrastructure projects.
As a local government professional, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
Having served as Goodyear Community Development Director for many years, I'm proud of my involvement in the development and implementation of various policies that
guided its growth over the years, such as building and landscape design guidelines, kiosk and monument signage programs, and outdoor lighting standards. These policies
had a transformational impact on the built environment, and attributed to the community's positive image within the region.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
I was blessed to have excellent mentors during my career. In my first city management position as an assistant the manager provided me with simple yet astute advice. One
piece of advice was to treat and view each citizen with whom I come in contact with as a future council member. This advice has served me well through the years.