I was born in Colorado Springs, grew up in Connecticut, graduated from the University of Colorado in 1976 and the University of Denver College of Law in 1979. After law school, I spent four years as a Deputy District Attorney in Denver before moving to Cheyenne and serving as a Deputy District Attorney in Fort Collins.
I was a staff attorney Wyoming Public Service Commission, then was honored to serve as a law clerk for Judge Barrett on the US Court of Appeals. These skills brought me to the IRS as an attorney. While at the IRS, I was appointed fraud coordinator, which required me to advise agents on tax fraud investigations and referrals for prosecution.
In 1993, I was sworn in as a Special Assistant US Attorney in 1993 and assisted US Attorneys in assembling and trying criminal tax fraud cases. I was also appointed to a nationwide task force to ensure tax laws were being interpreted and applied uniformly across the country. I took an early retirement in 2007 and established my own practice, handling tax litigation, appellate matters, workers' compensation, administrative matters, and general litigation.
In my "spare" time, I run a small business raising alpacas. Of course, with so much raw material around, I spin, felt, knit and weave. I also keep honeybees and maintain four hives, and have four dogs, several cats, and two horses.
I grew up in a family of doctors, studied Latin for several years, and worked in a hospital for five years before going to law school. I'm a voracious reader, and I've had a broad education in many fields, which serves to make me an effective decision-maker, as well as a tough and effective leader.
I've spent my legal career hoping I would one day return to traditional law enforcement. My candidacy is a tribute to the mentors I had at the Denver District Attorney's Office who taught me so much about ethics and integrity, and that the most important thing a prosecutor should remember is that you must do the right thing. Whether that means making the right charging decisions, taking a case to trial, offering a plea bargain, or even dismissing a case, it should not be about winning at all costs. In old Westerns, the good guys were always the ones who treated everyone with respect and compassion, even when there was ugliness all around them. They fought when they needed to, but they didn't pick fights, and they were never bullies. This is how enforcers of the law should be.
I've practiced law for nearly four decades, with experience in criminal prosecution, appeals, white collar crime, and as a special prosecutor.
The general election takes place November 6, 2018.
Early and absentee voting begins September 21, 2018, and runs through November 5, 2018.
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Experience - Knowledge - Integrity
Representing the people of Laramie County
The District Attorney must have the public’s trust to carry out the function of chief law enforcement officer.
I’ve already served in positions that required a high degree of public trust:
• deputy district attorney in Denver and Fort Collins,
• special prosecutor
• law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals, and
• U.S. tax code enforcement
I understand the tension between fairness to the people of Laramie County and the State of Wyoming, and fairness to the victims of crime and to the accused.
In 39 years of law practice, I’ve used and applied many disciplines that will inform my judgment as district attorney, and will use all of my professional skills to the advantage of Laramie County law enforcement.
I look forward to serving you.
My background in many disciplines of the law makes me uniquely qualified to serve in a role that deals with a multitude of crimes.