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Colorado Springs has been my home for 55 years.
I was born in 1965 in Germany while my mom and dad were both in the Air Force; shortly thereafter we moved to Colorado Springs. It is here where I attended Will Rogers and Penrose Elementary, Sabin Junior High, Doherty High School and the Air Force Academy. Although we didn't know each other back then, my wife also grew up in Colorado Springs and we think about how we must have crossed paths multiple times because we had the same stomping ground.
We often reminisce about the 70's and 80's in Colorado Springs and how much things have changed! We remember when there was a drive-in movie theater near Doherty and the drive-in was in the county not the city. For newcomers, it's hard to believe that Powers was a dirt road on one end and a paved two-lane road on the other. We remember when Colorado Springs hosted the 1984 Summer Olympic Trials and my wife's Russell Junior High volleyball team was selected to shag balls for the USA vs. USSR volleyball match.
We talk about the days when my dad owned the very popular Shadow Glen Lounge on Flintridge and Academy and how working there is the reason I don't drink!
Colorado Springs is my home, and my personal and professional memories are deeply rooted in this city. I've watched the city grow in many ways and in many directions. As a public servant I've navigated people through the economic highs and lows that the city has been through. I was a City Councilmember during the recession of 2008 and struggled with making some of the decisions that needed to be made to keep the city solvent. As a public servant I've navigated people through loss and devastation that the county has endured. I was a County Commissioner during the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fire. I credit all these events to strengthening my relationship with the Lord.
We are headed into difficult terrain for the next several years. I believe that I have been prepared to lead Colorado Springs and its residents through the tough economic times ahead of us and the issues that naturally come along with that. This is why I am running for Mayor.
I hold a B.S. degree from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.B.A. from Western New England College and a J.D. degree from New England School of Law.
I retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of combined active duty and reserve military service. During my military career, I was responsible for implementing a base realignment and closure plan in a $5 billion dollar organization. I supervised 35 communication system programs valued at $1B dollars and developed support plans that saved the taxpayers $20 million dollars while providing a 40 percent increase in performance capability. I also served as a special event planning leader in support of visiting dignitaries ranging from the President of the United States to other world leaders.
I have over 15 years of experience as an elected public official in Colorado. As a Colorado Springs City Councilmember from 2003-2011, I was a member of a board of elected officials responsible for overseeing a $350 million-dollar municipal operating budget, a $1 billion dollar four-service municipal utility company, and a $600 million-dollar municipal health care system.
As an El Paso County Commissioner from 2011-2018, I served as a member of a board of elected officials responsible for implementing federal and state requirements impacting more than 700,000 residents and overseeing a county budget in excess of $350M dollars. My duties also included serving as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council responsible for coordinating the research, analysis and interagency strategy for criminal justice matters in the Pikes Peak region; and Chairman of the Regional School Safety task force responsible for developing solutions to school safety issues and suicide prevention. I was also selected by my colleagues to serve as the President of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners during my final term in office.
In 2016 I won the Colorado Republican nomination for U.S. Senate but lost the general election to the incumbent.
My Current Role
I have over 23 years of legal experience in divorce, custody, and protection order cases involving high conflict situations impacting parents and children and I currently serve as the Chief Legal Officer for a domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking prevention service agency. I am a member of the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Association. I am currently a Trustee of the Penrose-St Francis Community Board.
In 2016, I married Jane Northrup Glenn, a visionary who founded Authority Staffing, a Christian business prototype in Fort Collins that specialized in employees that had been incarcerated and which was recognized by the State of Colorado and named "1 of 21 Gospel Driven Businesses" by Ministry Today. My wife was selected as 1 of 4 business leaders featured in a separate Ministry Today article on the topic of prayer with employees and "Prayer Power" can be found in the 2017 Building Kingdom Leaders edition. Jane's current business prototype project is the American Christian Marketplace Authority, and she is the author of God Punched Back and God's Public Option. Jane is also a candidate for Colorado Springs City Council at Large.
Our blended family includes Jane's two grown sons in Fort Collins and my two adult daughters in Colorado Springs.
Personal and Professional Affiliations/Accomplishments
I'm a member of the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Association.
I won 3-Collegiate National Championships in Powerlifting at the Air Force Academy.
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