I was born and raised in the Eau Claire area my whole life. I am married to my beautiful wife, Vicki, and have four beautiful children, Elizabeth "Lizzi" 23, Bailey 23, Emily 20, and Allyson "Ally" 11. This is my team that is always here for me. I love them very much!
I started my education at McKinley School in Seymour until third grade. We moved to the Sam Davey School district in fourth grade. I attended DeLong Middle School and then North High School where I graduated in 1990. In August of 1990 I entered the U.S. Army where I attended basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, advanced training at Ft. Bliss, Texas, Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and finally stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Upon serving honorably, I came back home and entered the U.S. Army Reserves as a medic, 397th Engineer Battalion in Eau Claire. I love the military and everything in which it stands for. I am proud to be a veteran of the U.S. Army and everyday we should thank all of those who serve.
Upon returning home from the service I entered the workforce cleaning motor coach buses at Chippewa Trails. I was able to obtain my CDL and drove school bus for them. I pursued a position with Dadco Foods due to the need of health benefits and I wanted to start looking into retirement options. I drove forklift working in shipping and receiving, loading and unloading pizzas and fundraising items.
I was given an opportunity to work strictly for the fundraising company, and manage my own warehouse facility in Springfield, Illinois. We moved down there. I enjoyed this opportunity running the logistics for our fundraising deliveries in Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. In 1996 I was honored to be Employee of the Year for Club's Choice Fundraising. In 1998 I took the position of warehouse manager for Tradewind's Pizza in Green Bay. This lasted a few months and I was offered a position back with Club's Choice. This lasted for almost a year, and I decided to go back to school and use the GI Bill to enter Police Science. In 1999, I started school at Chippewa Valley Technical College. I loved school and I was told it would be hard to enter this career due to my past. I was told the best thing I have going for me was time. I was told to show people I changed. I was honored to be the Student Government President, and District Ambassador to the college. I graduated in May, 2001, already working in Spring Valley Wisconsin as a part time officer. In June, 2001 I started with Elmwood PD, and in September, 2001 I started with the Altoona PD. I was hired in September 2002 under a COPS grant as a full time officer in Spring Valley. But when I was offered a full time position with Altoona PD in December of 2002 I immediately took the opportunity. I was the first officer asked outside of Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department to join the SWAT team. I worked night shift up until October, 2009 where I was promoted to an investigator. Made it to day shift! Working investigations was hard work, but I enjoyed the position. I was acting chief in April of 2011, and finally appointed as police and fire chief in October 2013. Last year we were able to separate the positions. I am able to focus strictly on PD operations. Our crime has dropped in Altoona, being the 11th safest city in Wisconsin. This is something I am extremely proud of. We have a good group of men and women who serve everyday and I am grateful for all they do. It takes a team to accomplish what we have, and I look forward in continuing these accomplishments. It is all about "Putting Our Community First."
Today I am ready to take it up to the next level and become your leader of the 68th Assembly District. I will not disappoint and I am ready to fight for our future.