Born: Oakland, Calif.
Family: wife, Jeanne; children, Patrick, 19; Megan, 15.
Education: High school and college degrees from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, at which he was studying for the Catholic priesthood. Was high school student-body president. Earned master of arts degree in English from Wayne State Univeristy in Detroit in 1971.
Occupation: Trained in several vocations, including school teacher, insurance company claims manager, realtor and city public works director.
Size: 90 square miles\ Population: 160,000\ Budget: General fund, $86.3 million. Total: $296.9 million.
Number of Employees: Approximately 2,200.
Mayor's salary: $50,000\
Politics: Democrat\ First "real" job: Teacher at St. Marys of the Wasatch High School. He taught English, history and social studies.
Management style: Very participatory. "I have policy action committee meetings every Tuesday. I get input from everyone right around the table. I like to get input from the key people. We haggle, argue and play devil's advocate. Everyone feels free."
Why I like being mayor: "I like the people the most - working with the community and trying to create a political environment where the people themselves get something done. I like to get people involved and help the decision process get going. I like managing the city. I see myself as the CEO of a large corporation."
Why I hate being mayor: "Signing tons of paperwork and attending long meetings."
Recipe for success: "I feel most successful when the community is involved and participating. When the people are involved in the political process, you get a majority decision."
A memorable failure: "I look at failure differently than most people. There is a difference between failure and not getting the results you want. Failure is a word I try not to use in my vocabulary. If I work hard and do all the right things, I don't feel like I've failed, even if the outcome isn't the way I'd like it to be." Examples in his life include: Working for a masters of theology degree and getting married instead.; earning a pilot's license and letting it lapse; earning a realtor's license and letting it go because he couldn't earn enough money.
Heroes: Thomas Jefferson - "I see him as a great American and a great politician." Martin Luther King - "He was a great American who gave us the permission to dream and to take on global issues with an attitude toward success."
Leisure: "I'm a jogger, not a runner. I love outdoor sports in general, such as hiking, camping and bicycling."
Favorite book: "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee. "It deals with the fabric of human behavior over the issue of prejudice, which is such a barrier to the world moving forward."
Favorite movie: "Fiddler on the Roof."