In Clovis, we believe that people define our community. Certainly architecture, traffic circulation, the mix of residential and commercial construction, and other factors are important to our growth and development. But people really determine what our community is all about. That’s why we work hard to engage our residents and business owners in the process of building our community. We believe doing so is paramount to our success. Whenever possible, we turn to the people who call Clovis home for their thoughts and feelings. Whether it’s about encouraging infill development, establishing a traffic pattern, creating a park, or building a new police and fire center, we involve our residents as much as possible in the process.
What you see in Clovis are scores of neighborhood meetings, numerous citizen commissions, and a healthy selection of advisory committees. The Clovis Citizens' Academy, an initiative I began in 2002, has had nearly 300 participants, all committed to learning more about this place we all call "home." Conversation and involvement all around mean a better quality of life and a better community. And that’s what Clovis is all about.
- First elected to office: March 2001; re-elected 2005, current term expires March 2017.
- Serving on boards and commissions: Regional Jobs Initiative Co-Chair; Board of Trustees, Fresno Pacific University; Integrated Waste Management Local Task Force; Community Advisor, Junior League of Fresno; Board of Directors, American Humanics Advisory Board (CSUF); Co-Chair Measure C Steering Committee
- Past volunteer activities: San Joaquin Valley Civic Leadership Program: Founder and Chair (1999 - 2002); Leadership Fresno: Steering Committee chairperson (1995 - 97), Alumni Association president (1991), Alumnus of the Year (1994), Class Four graduate (1988); New United Way Board of Directors; Community Food Bank Board of Directors; Junior League of Fresno Board of Directors; California Dietetic Association, Central Valley president
- Previous City of Clovis experience: Mayor 2003 – 2005; Mayor Pro Tem (2001 – 2003); Planning Commission, including three terms as Chair (1989 - 2000); Personnel Commission (1987 - 89)
- Current employment: Regional Vice President, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California