Just a few pieces of information about me. I graduated from SWOSU in 1982, passed the CPA exam in 1985 and have been married to my wife Debbie for 33 years.
I have had the privilege to be a member of Clinton’s radio broadcast team for 23 years. The last 21 years I have been the color commentator for the Clinton Red Tornadoes football, working with Dennis Smith and have been able to broadcast the Red Tornadoes in 19 state Semi-Final football games, 16 State Championship games and watched Mike Lee and company bring home 9 gold balls. I should have to buy a ticket to have this much fun!
I like slow pitch softball (church league), but do not play anymore. Have not played golf in years but bought some new clubs and hope to start playing again soon. Like to read books, fish and hunt, when I can find the time. Seems like I am always starting a new diet and because I like all kinds of food, most of my diets last a few hours. By the way, my wife Debbie is an outstanding cook.
I have been a past Board member on the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. Julie Menge is continuing the fine work Erin Adams started and we have seen membership growth and a new attitude about serving our businesses. I just finished my fourththird term as a city council member, it was almost 9 years on the Clinton City Council (my second term as Mayor). We went from a 10% budget shortfall in 2004 to almost monthly in 2012, setting record sales tax months (with a down turn in the middle) Houses are being built and new retail is moving to Clinton. The malaise that seemed to have taken over Clinton in 2003, when I first ran for city council has faded and now our citizens are excited about Clinton’s future. I am proud of what a very progressive council accomplished over 9 years of my life time in service.
I pass on the responsibility to the next council and remind them to lead from the front and do not become a do nothing council. That was the council’s problem in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Fear of failure and fear of losing their council seats. I hope leadership will be the word in 2013 used by citizens to describe the Clinton City Council!