- Retired Colonel, United States Air Force—Served enlisted for four years and as an officer for 25 years active duty
- Retired Teacher USD259 North High School—Taught for 11 years
- Elected to the Kansas State Board of Education in 2008. Served as Chairman for two years
- Executive Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Education
- Executive Board of Directors for the Kansas State High School Activities Association
- District V Advisory Board for the City of Wichita for eight years
- Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for Wichita and Sedgwick County for nine years—served as Chairman for one year and Vice-Chairman for two years
- Chairman of the Advanced Plans Committee for Wichita and Sedgwick County
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fort Hays State University
- Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma
- 25 hours of education beyond Master’s Degree
- Squadron Officer’s School
- Air Command and Staff College
- Air War College
Married to Janet Pullin Dennis for 48 years in November. I have two Sons—David a teacher at Northwest High School. He and his wife Cathy have three children, Brittany, Amanda and Devan. Our Son Eric is a principal of an elementary school in Nebraska. He and his wife Alyssa have two children, William and Elizabeth.
What specific Sedgwick County issue do you think deserves your immediate attention and how do you plan to address it?
Managing Sedgwick County’s budget is a top priority. It supports our core services such as health and safety, enhances quality of life issues, drives economic development and helps create jobs. Last year the new Commission majority began deficit spending while also cutting services and funding to the Sedgwick County Zoo, health and other groups. They did this to pay cash for 50-year bridges which means senior citizens pay for the entire bridge now rather than bonding bridges so that cost is shared with future users. As a Colonel in the Air Force, I managed a $125 million annual budget.
How do you intend to work with the Wichita City Council on the issues important to both Wichita and Sedgwick County?
Good relationships take listening. Throughout my Air Force career, then as a high school teacher and in every community and state board I’ve served on, I’ve been first a good listener who seeks to understand someone else. I will listen to my colleagues on the County Commission, to our colleagues on the City Councils throughout the county and most important to the voters. Our constituents need us to work closely together to save money, create efficiency and work for them. Also, I have been endorsed by Mayor Longwell, Councilman Frye, and Councilman Meitzner.
How do you propose to grow the Sedgwick County economy?
The County should be a partner and work with businesses and local groups to welcome growing business. The current majority has often been openly hostile to companies that want to grow here. I will work with all the cities in District 3 and the County to welcome business and great jobs. Cargill recently decided to remain here with 800 high-paying jobs rather than relocate to Texas. Because of the current Commission majority, the County was not part of the discussion.