I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. My father was a general contractor, which brought my family to Cocoa in 1964. I attended St. Mary’s School from kindergarten to the eighth grade. From there, I graduated from Rockledge High School. I attended Brevard Community College, and I graduated with an Associates of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. I attended University of Central Florida and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Allied Legal Services. I graduated from the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers School in 2000. I graduated from Webster University with a Master of Arts in Public Administration. I married a long time Cocoa resident, and we have a daughter and a son. All three are Cocoa High School graduates.
I started my law enforcement career at Rockledge Police Department in 1979. I was hired by Cocoa Police Department in 1980, and I have worked in this career for 30 years. I started as a communications officer. I was a patrol officer for several years until I was promoted to a sergeant. In 1998, I was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, which I worked as a patrol watch commander. From 1998 to 2008, I have had the pleasure working in several different disciplines of law enforcement such as canines, marine unit, motor / traffic unit, special event planning, hostage negotiations unit, SWAT team, and support services (criminal investigations division, special investigations unit, property and evidence section, and training). I am presently assigned as a patrol watch commander.
I like all outdoor activities, but most of my time is spent fishing, hunting, boating, scuba diving and traveling.