My family and I moved to Minnetonka in 1962 when I was a second grader and I have lived here for all but a few years during the time period when I completed college and purchased a starter home in St Louis Park.
I returned to Minnetonka in 1983 when my wife and I built the home that I now live in.
I went to school at Glen Lake Elementary, West Jr High and Hopkins Lindbergh Sr High, all schools in Minnetonka. I attended the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology earning a BS in Electrical Engineering. My career spanned almost 40 years at Xcel Energy, and I retired from there in 2017.
I was married to my wife Peggy for more than 41 years until she passed away in 2017. I have 4 daughters and 9 grandchildren.
I have a long track record of volunteer service to my community. In addition to various youth coaching activities for basketball, soccer and softball, I served many years as the President of the Glen Lake Girls Athletic League (GAL). I have volunteered for numerous school related needs (technology lab, class overnight chaperone, senior party leadership) and I was asked by the Hopkins School District to serve on a task force charged with advising the district on effective use of school facilities and resources.
My volunteer service to the City of Minnetonka started with my appointment to the Park Board. I served there for eight years, the last several years as Chair of the Park Board. In that capacity, I oversaw a multimillion-dollar bond referendum for the renewal of the 50 parks and numerous miles of trails in Minnetonka. As a result of the leadership I provided throughout my tenure on the Minnetonka Park Board, I was recognized as the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association’s Board and Commission Member of the year and received the Award of Excellence.
Following my service on the Park Board, I was appointed to the Planning Commission. I again served for eight years and again was the Chair of the Planning Commission for the last four years of my service there. I attended over 200 meetings and reviewed 1100 development applications. During this time, major projects included Opus Headquarters, Syngenta office building, United Health Group development and ordinances including tree protection, shore land preservation and the development of the expansion permit which had statewide implications.
Currently, I serve as a volunteer non-attorney investigator for the 4th District Ethics Committee of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. In this capacity, I investigate complaints of unethical behavior that may be filed against attorneys. Similarly, I was appointed by the Minnesota State Supreme Court to serve on the Client Security Board that provides aid to persons who suffer a loss because of the dishonest conduct on the part of a lawyer.
I enjoy all that Minnetonka has to offer, having trained on the City’s trails for the four marathons I completed, and I am an active golf and softball player. I intend to continue my service to the community on the Minnetonka City Council.
Please contact me with your willingness to volunteer to help me get elected. Also please consider donating to help cover the costs for my campaign.