It is wonderful to be back in Oregon. I spent my childhood on a farm in Corbett, Oregon and each summer I would go to the Oregon State Fair with my family to show cattle. Our farm also had cows, chickens, horses, and some ornery geese.
As the youngest of five children, I learned the value of hard work early both on and off the farm. My first professional job was working for my father’s optometry office as a receptionist. Working for a small family business helped shape my career in public service as I learned about working with the community to provide them good value with great customer service.
While working full time, I attended George Fox University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership. I later earned my master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University.
I worked in the non-profit sector before transitioning this experience to work for Clackamas County, Oregon in 2000 as staff to the local Commission on Children and Families where I worked to help keep youth out of the juvenile justice system. I spent 17 years with Clackamas County including serving as Assistant to the County Administrator from 2004-2010, Deputy County Administrator from 2010-2016, and Interim County Administrator from July to September 2013 before going to Sacramento County in 2016 to be Assistant County Executive.
While I enjoyed working in California, it does feel good to be back home in Oregon.
I’m grateful to serve as Springfield’s City Manager and I want to thank Mayor Lundberg and the Springfield City Council for selecting me for this role. It is an honor and I look forward to what we will accomplish together.