LIFE STORY

Age: 44Born: Salt Lake City

Family: Married, two children

Education: Bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Utah.

Occupation: Energy resource development and waste management consultant.

County commissioner's salary: $63,000

PERSONAL

Politics: Democrat

First "real" job: Working for Salt Lake County's Finance Department fresh out of college.

Management style: " `Participatory' would be a one-word answer. I like to get good, intelligent, creative people and allow them the freedom to get things done."

What I look forward to as a commissioner: "I look forward to managing county resources for the county's good. There will be decisions some don't like. I'm not afraid of those decisions. I'm looking forward to the administrative duties, and I like to handle the political aspects and to be able to interact with talented people."

What I don't look forward to: Personnel changes. "I will be sensitive about the decisions that affect people, but I knew those things would happen before I ran."

Recipe for success: "Surround yourself with good people. Rise above special interests. Hear the concerns and do the right thing. There are few situations in which you don't know what the right answer would be. If people believe you've made decisions for honorable reasons, they'll re-elect you, regardless of whether special interests like you."

A memorable failure: I failed trigonometry and never got back into math.

Heroes: Bill Whisner and Fred Hagen, two college philosophy professors. "I was 19 or 20. They taught me how to think. They were the first to show me there was a process associated with that."

Leisure: "I love to fly fish and to play basketball when I can find the time. I also love to read."

Favorite book: "I've read "Catcher in the Rye" (by J.D. Salinger) about 15 times. I also love "The Great Gatsby" (by F. Scott Fitzgerald).

Favorite movie: Three choices: "Apocalypse Now," "Heaven Can Wait" and "It's a Wonderful Life."