How long have you been a part of the Warren County community?
Since I began my law enforcement career here back in August 10, 1987.
Tell us three things about yourself:
A native of Hawaii (yes, I was a surfer) where I graduated from High School and then moved to Luray, Virginia, to be reacquainted with my father, a Vietnam Veteran having served in the U.S. Marine Corp. Decided to pass up attending Cal. State University-Berkeley to stay in Virginia where I decided to make law enforcement my career; working for the Luray P.D. and then the Front Royal P.D. where I retired in 2013. I remained in public service working in a part time status in the Town of Front Royal’s Planning & Zoning department and then back at the Front Royal P.D. as their Community Resource Officer. I currently work as the Community Liaison Deputy for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Mark Butler. All said, I’ve been in public service for 38 years but along the way I also pursued a college curriculum in Police Science, worked as a part-time licensed realtor, owned a florist business, became a licensed home improvement contractor and an apprentice home inspector. Oh, by the way…I, also coached youth sports in football, basketball, baseball and softball for 16 years having been an athlete myself and wanting to teach kids but more importantly to find an outlet from my busy work fields to spend time with my own son and daughter. As you can see, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do for a living but all the background interests I’ve mentioned have one common denominator……people! As such, I realized that the importance of life for me was surrounding myself with people; people you can work with, people you can work for, people who can help you and most importantly, people who I can help and hopefully make a difference in their life in their time of need.
I believe my greatest attribute is the good Lord giving me the ability to make others feel good, whether through a greeting, “hello”, assisting with a need or just wearing my characteristic smile that puts a smile on their face…for some, a smile at a much-needed moment.
I could go on and on but time is so precious and as you can see, I’ve had a history of not having much of it to do other things but now that I’m older and slowing down, I think Diane and I will take our beagle (Charlie) and our toy chihuahua (Killer) for a walk. No….I’m just kidding! Her name is “Buttons”, as in, “cute as a button”! Did I make you smile?
Tell us one thing you love about Warren County:
In a nutshell, the community support that exists in the Warren County. For our youth, for our elderly, for those in need! Just awesome to see organizations, businesses and people in general with the hearts they have to help where help is needed.