Dave moved to Erlanger when he was seven years old. While growing up in Erlanger, his parents instilled in him a love for the Erlanger community. Dave graduated from St. Henry High School and continued his education at the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, and Thomas More College where he studied Business Administration and Finance. When the opportunity arose, Dave chose to begin his career with the City of Erlanger.

Dave was hired by Mayor Fred Thomas on September 7, 1982 for the position of Deputy Treasury Clerk. Almost one year later, Dave’s duties were expanded to assist the Codes Administrator/Director of Public Works, Leon Ryle.

Dave continued his education through the University of Kentucky by completing a four year Roads Scholar program and later attended their Institute of Economic Development. Additionally, Dave became a Level III Building Inspector through the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In 1985, Mayor Thomas promoted Dave to Codes Administrator and Superintendent of Public Works. He served in this role for twenty-one years until Mayor Marc Otto named Dave as the Director of Economic Development in 2006.

Dave was active in several professional organizations. He served as an Ad Hoc Code Review Member for the International Code Council, President for the Northern Kentucky Public Works Association and the Northern Kentucky Building Inspectors Association, and Board Member for the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky. Dave also held memberships in the Kentucky Chapter of American Planning Association, American Planning Association, and the Kentucky Association for Economic Development. 

During his tenure at Erlanger, Dave was named Building Inspector of the Year and Public Works Director of the Year by his peers. 

After thirty-eight years of service to the Erlanger community, Dave chose to retire in 2020. He served under five mayors and city administrators. He loved the work that he did, the variety it brought, and the people he worked with. Dave was well respected and liked by many. When he retired, the City lost a wealth of knowledge and history that could only be brought by someone who had dedicated their entire career to Erlanger.

Dave is an avid golfer and loves spending time with family and lifelong friends. We hope that Dave is enjoying a much deserved retirement out on the green and with those he loves. 

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