Born and raised in the South and Midwest, David grew up in small town America where he acquired the values of hard work, persistence, and personal responsibility, typical of Middle America. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a degree in economics.
His patriotism led Dave to volunteer for military service where he served as a petroleum management officer keeping the big tanks fueled. The military taught Dave that a good leader leads by example and accomplishes his mission by taking good care of his soldiers.
Honorably discharged at the rank of captain, Dave responded to the energy crisis of the late 70s, by going to work for the Dept. of Energy in Washington D.C. There he got to see first hand how the federal government operates. While auditing oil companies in Colorado, Dave came to love the state and, in 1981, decided to escape the East Coast scene and return to Middle America.
Dave has sought to make his adopted community a better place to live while raising two daughters and working in royalty accounting. An active parent, Dave got involved in local public schools including Dunstan Middle School and Green Mountain High School. Dave served as a PTA officer, accountability committee chair, and leader of the high school’s community collaboration group (CDM). He is currently serving on the school district’s Strategic Planning and Advisory Council. These tasks gave him a chance to work with all involved parties to improve the educational process and give students more opportunities to succeed.
A belief in community service and commitment to putting values into action, led Dave to serve as President of three neighborhood organizations and a citywide citizens’ group called Citizens for Lakewood’s Future, over the past twenty five years. In these and other venues, Dave has championed the citizens’ right and duty to be involved in the decision-making process.
In recent years, Dave’s sense of duty has led him to get progressively more involved in local government. Dave served for five years on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Center for Mental Health where he learned about the needs of special populations as well as responded to the crisis at Columbine High School. He was then appointed to a city commission advising city council on culture and arts in Lakewood. In 2002 Dave ran for and was elected to the Board of Directors of the West Metro Fire District.
Rising to the position of Vice-president of West Metro Fire, Dave was involved in the management of an organization with an annual budget of over $40 million dollars and a staff of nearly 400 serving over a quarter of a million residents. During his term, West Metro Fire has begun to prepare for the security challenges of the 21st century with 23 additional firefighter/medics, 5 more pieces of equipment, an improved communication center, a state-of-the-art training center and rebuilding several fire stations to handle more men and equipment.
One of Dave’s cherished values is parks and open space. As a co-founder and first President of the Union Square Community Assoc., Dave first got involved in Lakewood City government while working to bring three parks to the Union Square area – Union Square Park, Wright Park and Union Ridge Park. As President of Green Mtnside Civic Assoc., his conservation efforts continued with the improvement of Mountainside Park and the down-sizing of a proposed high-density development in Green Mountain.
Long committed to public service and knowledgeable about the demands of raising a family in today’s world, Dave is committed to putting his skills to work for the people of Lakewood. Elected to the City Council of Lakewood representing Ward 4, Dave asks the people of Lakewood to partner with him to make a better community for us all.