Concert Series on the amphitheater of the Point Park Riverfront Project. This venue offers activities for everyone including ADA accessible fishing along with bicycle and walking trails, a gazeebo where numerous weddings have been held, and several festivals and events.

Open of the new wing of a city hospital

Background

Nearly 40 years of government experience.

10 years as Mayor and Chairman of the Pubility Utility Board

Past President of the West Virginia Municipal League.(League of Cities)

Past President of the Mid Ohio Valley Mayor's Association.

Past Board of Directors member of the National League of Cities.

25 years in Law Enforcement, 4 years as Chief of Police.

Member of the West Virgina Association of Chief's of Police

Past member of the West Virginia Law Enforcement Standards Sub-committee of the Governors Commission on Crime.

Adjunct faculty member at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Former Associate Professor at Washington State Community College, chair of the Criminal Justice Program.

Graduate of Marshall University Graduate School, Psychology, Master of Arts.

 

The ability to work with all levels of government and bring people together to complete projects is paramount to success. As past president of the West Virginia Municipal League and a member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities, I worked closely with our Congress and Senate on both the state and national level.

Economic Development & Government Affairs

In my 10 years as Mayor my administration was directly involved in nearly $50 Million dollars in Economic Development and new construction. We created business friendly incentives and worked closely with our congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. and our state representatives to create quality of life projects.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

We worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a multi-million dollar riverfront park at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers that helped spark other economic development in the area. The park's amphitheater, ADA accessible fishing piers, biking and walking trails provide visitors with many events to see and plenty to do.

We facilitated the land acqisition and building of the headquarters for West Virginia Highmark Insurance, which led to vacant buildings and hotels becoming viable again for the first time in decades.

I was able to triple the city's recyling capacity and made it into an operation that paid for itself after years of $100,000.00 losses. I initiated a private public partnership to make the recycling center the first city or county facility to operate under Solar Power.

A public - private partnership I initiated resulted in the creation of James Neale Park which has a private state of the art sport center for area youth along with a skateboard park and fishing lake.

I initiated and led the application process to become a Home Rule city that reduced Business & Occupation Taxes on businesses, eliminate the B&O tax on utilities for every home and business, and created a fairer broad based tax system.

I also initiated and led the application process and obtained approval to develop a port authority to attract future businesses and to benefit those already established.

 

TRAINING & CONSULTING

My colleagues and I have decades of experience in the Criminal Justice arena particualrly in the area of training & education along with drafting and implementing policy and procedures for police departments. We have provided trainig to various police departments and the WV Chiefs of Police Association.

As Chief of Police, I initiated and led the application process and became the first and only police department in West Virginia to become accredited through the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) formed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff's Association, and other nationally recognized organizations.

I developed a state of the art automated outdoor firearms range with computer operated target systems and an indoor training facility was completed during my term as mayor adjacent to the range.

As an adjunct instructor at WVU-Parkersburg, Criminal Justice Coordinator Larry Robinson and I conducted a study regardin Community Policing in Parkersburg, WV, which was published. Another publication appeared in the Correctional Journal authored by myself and the late Fred Kreig, PhD, regarding stress in law enforcement officers and training solutions.

 

Handbook for police officers training seminars regarding managing the mentally ill in calls for service.