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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.

Professional Activities:

  • American Association of Public Administrators
  • Community Advisory Committee to the PPACG
  • Colorado Certified Police Officer
  • Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Colorado Certified Public Accountant (certificate currently inactive)
  • Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Colorado Organization of Victim Advocates Public Policy Committee
  • Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Community Corrections of Colorado Springs, Inc. Board of Directors
  • El Paso County Justice Advisory Council, Special Populations Subcommittee Chair, and Steering Committee
  • Fountain Downtown Events Association
  • Fourth Judicial District Special Investigations Fund (Board Member)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National Alliance of the Mentally Ill Advisory Board

Education:

  • Ph.D. Public Affairs - University of Colorado - Denver, Colorado, (2001) Doctoral research regarding community policing.
  • Masters of Public Administration - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, Colorado, (1996)
  • Masters in Business Administration - Regis College - Denver, Colorado, (1984)
  • BSBA - Emphasis in Accounting and Finance, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, Colorado, (1980)
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