LIFE STORY

Age: 38 Born: Jacksonville, Fla.

Family: wife, Debbie; children, Chris, 17; Jennifer, 16; Justin, 15; Natalie, 13; Jonathan, 9, Aubrey, 6.

Education: associate of arts degree, College of Eastern Utah; two years of miscellaneous classes, University of Utah.

Occupation: Product development manager, Tradestar Corp.

CITY STATS Area: 27 square miles

Population: 50,140

Number of Employees: 153 full-time

Mayor's salary: $845 per month

PERSONAL Politics: No party affiliation

First "real" job: Graveyard shift at Salt Lake City's Bill & Nada's Cafe. Management style: Focuses on communication. "I like to hear all sides of every issue before making a decision, and I like to involve as many people as possible in the decision-making process."

Why I like being mayor: Meeting people.

Why I hate being mayor: Having to alternate attention between mayoral duty and private job.

Recipe for success: Make sure all the details are covered. "The times we've gotten into difficulties as a municipal government are those times when we haven't followed up on the details."

A memorable failure: "My failure to go on a mission for the LDS Church when I should have gone. I have always regretted that."

Heroes: "My wife. I don't know anyone I respect more than her." Also, Abraham Lincoln.

Leisure: Doesn't have much leisure time but likes sports, reading and woodcarving when time permits.

Favorite book: Has many favorites but especially enjoyed "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand.

Favorite movie: "Goin' South" and the "Star Wars" trilogy.