I’ve worked in the construction trades as a union carpenter, electrician, locksmith and project manager over 40 years. Construction jobs have taken me to 36 states and a variety of projects including nuclear power plants, skyscrapers, dairies, wastewater treatment facilities, and railroad fueling yards. My experiences dealing with construction contracts have uniquely prepared me for the position of Highway Commissioner.
I’ve lived in Geneva most of my life and love being a member of this community. In 2005 I decided to run for the Town Board and was elected as a Trustee from 2005 – 2009. During those 4 years I served with nearly a perfect attendance record. As a Trustee I learned the inside details about the workings of the Road District and witnessed major inefficiencies. Seeing the problems associated with the management side of the system I envisioned how to improve the operation. After sharing my ideas with the other three Trustees they unanimously encouraged me to enter the race and with their support I was elected Commissioner in 2009.
I am a good choice to manage the Road District because I have a solid 3-point plan outlined below, for the next 4 years.
Geneva Park Dist Board- 18 years as Commissioner( 4 years vice president/ 2 years president)
Fox Valley Special Recreation Board Association Commissioner - 10 years
Geneva Community Chest - 2 years
Geneva Lions Club - 6 years
United Methodist Church Trustee - 2 years
Geneva resident 50 years
Geneva business owner - 35 years
Married 40 years to Joy Ogden Abts; three adult children and two grandchildren