My wife Kristin and I chose Herriman as the place to raise our three children: Emily, Savannah and Ezra. We couldn’t be happier here. We love our community!
After the attacks on September 11th, I enlisted in the United States Air Force. I served for 7 years as a Loadmaster on C-17 aircraft taking part in hundreds of combat missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. During my service, I earned both the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. I was also recognized as Airman of the Year at the Squadron, Wing and Base levels on three different occasions.
After my military service, I earned my political science degree from the College of Charleston and my Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus on state and city policy planning from Harvard University. While in college, I interned in the White House under President George W. Bush in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs as the liaison between the president and the state governors.
After working in the federal executive branch, I returned to my love of aviation but this time as a state legislative advocate. Through my work, I personally drafted and passed state laws on aviation in 24 states including Utah. I also served on the Board of Directors for the National Conference of State Legislators Foundation.
I am currently the Director of Aeronautics for the State of Utah leading the statewide transportation system of 46 public airports and the state aircraft fleet. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Aviation Officials and as Chair of the National Center for Aviation Research and Education. In my spare time, I teach U.S. Government classes at SLCC and encourage my students to become involved in their local government.
Service has been a part of my life since I joined the Air Force. I see serving as Mayor as a way to use my policy and planning skills to continue to give back to our community. I’m a policy and planning professional and I can use my skills to help improve the lives of all my neighbors who call Herriman home.