1. How did you end up at Grand Lake?
I moved here to practice law in 1996.
2. What are your thoughts on Grand Lake and where do you see us in the next five or 10 years?
First, this is a great place to raise family. I think it will continue to grow, we will continue to strengthen the infrastructure, schools, roads and hopefully more businesses.
3. What are your daily responsibilities?
I am the Delaware County Assistant District Attorney and also on the Grove School Board. My daily duties include reviewing police reports, filing charges, assisting law enforcement with investigations, assisting law enforcement with legal opinions, helping direct drug task force which is through this office, and of course, going to court and argue cases.
4. What was your very first job?
To re-wire the community theater in Broken Arrow when I was 15 with a buddy of mine. We re-wired all the sound and lights in the theater.
5. Who do you think of as your mentor(s)?
Terry Hull, an old college professor from OU when I was there in law school. She basically trained and supervised me. I attribute a lot of what I do now to what she taught me many years ago.
6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Successfully quit smoking.
7. In your position what do you consider the greatest opportunities? Greatest challenges?
The greatest opportunity to directly influence someone’s life. To hopefully push them into a direction that will make their lives better and help them to be successful. The practical way to do that is to encourage them not to commit crimes anymore.
Whether it be to channel them through community sentencing or drug court, what I try to figure out is what I need to force this person to do that they wouldn’t do that’s going to benefit them. And get them out of whatever rut they’re in. Whether it’s counseling for anger, drugs and alcohol or forcing them to get a job. It’s also one of the biggest challenges. The biggest challenge is finding a fair solution to each individual case because each one is different.
8. Tell us something about you most people don’t know?
I seriously considered going into acting when I was in college.
9. If you could choose a different career, other then what you’re doing now, what would it be?
A guitar player.
10. If you were stuck on island on the lake, what three people would you want to be stuck with and why?
My wife and two boys. They are the most entertaining people I know.
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