John is the eldest of ten children in a military family that moved to Colorado Springs when he was 9 years old. He grew up here and graduated from Mitchell High School. He is proud of his strong ties to Colorado.
He received his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, after spending two years at Boulder. He worked his way through college as an EMT on a paramedic ambulance, then later went to work as a CPA.
His interest in public affairs led him to switch from accounting to police work, and he earned an MBA from Regis University and a second master's degree and Ph.D. in public administration.
John spent 9 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department where he ultimately advanced to Sergeant. He then moved to Fountain, CO and became the city's Chief of Police. The three stars at the top of the page, the same as the three he wore as Police Chief, pay tribute to the time he spent protecting the citizens of Colorado Springs and Fountain.
He most recently accepted the position as President and CEO of one of Colorado Springs most prestigious non-profit organizations, Silver Key Senior Services. Since November of 2004, John has been working steadfastly to maintain the good work that Silver Key has been known for in its more than 34 years in operation.