• Selected for sensitive, multilateral, and distinguished assignments both on active duty and in the US Army Reserves before retiring at the rank of Major General after 33 years of service
  • A veteran of numerous overseas operations, including two combat deployments, to Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, additionally extensive service in Germany, Korea, and stability operations in Bosnia
  • Served 9 years as a California Superior Court Judge in the criminal division before retiring in 2016
  • Served 24 years as a prosecutor, to include 6 years in the Army and 19 years as a Deputy District Attorney
  • Instrument rated pilot currently flying for Angel Flight West, Young Eagles, and previously Civil Air Patrol
  • Unanimously voted by Clark County Councilors to District 4 Clark County Council


Advanced Education, United States Army

Master of Strategic Studies degree in National Security Studies from the US Army War College, graduate of the Command and Staff Officer’s Course, Judge Advocate General Basic and Advanced Courses, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs Officer Course from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School

Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

Juris Doctorate and International Law Summer Program at the University of Exeter, England

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps in Military Police

Career Highlights

United States Army:

Deputy Commanding General (Support), Eighth Army, Yongsan, South Korea
(May 2012 – May 2015):
  • Responsible for the planning and execution of logistical support, non-combatant evacuation, and generation of combat power through analysis of manpower, equipment and munition needs for over 29,000 soldiers in the Army component of United States Forces Korea mission to counter North Korean aggression
  • Served as the Eighth Army planner in a CEO role with US components on the Korean peninsula during joint exercises, including United States Army Pacific, Korean and domestic inter-agencies, US Embassy personnel, and Korean armed forces leadership to efficiently utilize limited Department of Defense resources
Commanding General, 351st Civil Affairs Command, Moffett Federal Air Field, CA
(July 2009 – May 2012):
  • During the war, continuously equipped, trained and deployed combat forces to resource operations in the Middle East, while also responsible for overseeing the care of all soldiers wounded or killed in action and the support of their families
  • Dramatically improved the efficiency and effectiveness of operations by creating: a center of excellence for airborne (parachute) training within the command, a masters certificate program focused on civil affairs and the rule of law for stability operations administered by the Naval Post Graduate School, a forward deployed headquarters element to become the civil affairs enabling command for the entire US Army in the Pacific
  • Established a humanitarian assistance coordination cell for the Korean government and expertly prepared Korean interagency personnel on its operation
  • Created, funded, and dedicated a war memorial at our headquarters for our command’s killed in action
Director of the Judicial Sector, Security Sector Reform for the Office of Military Cooperation, Special Operations Command Central, Kabul, Afghanistan and Qatar
(April 03-July 2004):
  • Assigned to the US Embassy in Kabul to plan and coordinate construction of judicial infrastructure with international community stakeholders: UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, participating ambassadors and staff from the US, Italian, British, and German Embassies, and Afghan ministries
  • Brokered with the Afghan government, University of Kabul, and Afghan ministry to create the National training center. This center, build by the US and Italian governments, provided secular legal training to judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and police through the University of Kabul
  • Assisted the U.S. government’s Interagency Coordination Group in advancing transfer of Afghan detainees to Afghanistan and negotiated clearance of detained Pakistani combatants held in Afghan confinement
  • Selected as the Assistant Joint Planner for the Combined Forces Special Operations Command in Qatar with duty throughout the Middle East, integrated Special Forces into Afghanistan and Iraq and planned for psychological operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, majority of work and responsibilities remain classified.

Superior Court Justice:

California Superior Court Judge, Criminal Division, Santa Rosa, CA
(August 2007 – October 2016):
  • Presided over 100 jury trials in nine years on the bench, including the jury selection, verdict, and sentencing
  • Cases covered common law, Statutory Felony, and misdemeanor crimes, primarily: homicide, narcotic, sexual assault, criminal street gang, fraud, conspiracy, and vehicular homicide cases
  • Selected by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to Sonoma County’s three-judge Appellate panel from 2007 through 2009 to determine local appeals from misdemeanor criminal cases and civil matters
Deputy District Attorney, Sonoma County District Attorney, Santa Rosa, CA
(October 1988 – August 2007):
  • Selected as a prosecutor for many of the most complex and politically sensitive cases in Sonoma County, prosecution featured on national and international news agencies including a catholic priest for child molestation, church fiscal malfeasance and other sexual accusations, prosecution of a rabbi, baseball coach and police officer for child molestation to name a few
  • Assignments included homicides, superior and misdemeanor trial and preliminary hearing departments, critical incident team, on-call for search warrants and lead attorney on several vertical prosecution units. The most noteworthy vertical assignments included: the first gang strike force in Sonoma county, multi state and federal agency prison gang task force “Black Widow” (featured on “Gangland” TV series), homicide team, drug task force, and for many years led the child abuse unit prosecuting molestation, rape, physical abuse, and murder of children
  • Renown for both fairness and tenacity throughout the county in seeking justice in over a hundred jury trials and thousands of cases handled throughout 24 years as a prosecutor

Awards & Interests

  • Military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, four Legion of Merit Medals, Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Army Commendation Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal and the NATO Medal, and foreign parachute badges from Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ireland, and Ukraine
  • Volunteer Pilot for non-profit Angel Flight, flown and financed flights across the west coast for individuals unable to afford or obtain advanced medical treatment in their local hospitals
  • Volunteer for the US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and the Young Eagle Pilot program, currently completing commercial pilot flight through the GI Bill
  • Hobbies include mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, marksmanship, running, and general aviation

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