Champlain Business College Burlington VT Accounting Quality Control Inspector NASA Apollo Lunar Lander Module Simmonds Precision Vergennes VT Castleton State College BA Sociology Castleton VT 1977 Substitute Teacher Citrus County CR High School, Lecanto High School & Hernando Elementary Liberty Delivery Homosassa FL 18 years Citrus County Property Appraiser Field Appraiser Retired 2017 14 years After Champlain Business College on the shores of Lake Champlain where I study bookkeeping (accounting) I went to work for a contractor (Simmonds Precision) in Vermont that was chosen by NASA to build the fuel gauges for Apollo’s Lunar Landing Module and I became a Quality Control Inspector for the assembled fuel gauges for the Lander.
There were 6 of them 3 for each propulsion unit. Redundancy was the name of that game. My Inspection stamp may be on the moon! After a government contract was cancelled I was laid off. Owning and operating The Store, in Whiting VT which was an Amoco gas station and country store and it had an apartment over the store making it a perfect fit while I attended college at Castleton State College during the day and came home and ran the The Store and gas station at night for four years while obtaining my B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Education. Taking a sabbatical after College to come to Florida, postponing my LSAT’s in preparation for law school, is where I meet my beautiful wife, Corl, who was working as a breakfast manager at Burger King and soon Vermont and the LSAT’s were forgotten. I met Bessie Reese of the Citrus County School Board and she suggested that I substitute teach while deciding where I wanted to work, which I did for a few years teaching at Crystal River High School, Lecanto High School and Hernando Elementary School. Working as a private contractor for Citrus County for 18 years, as owner-operator of Liberty Delivery with 15- 20 employees, we delivered all the county agenda’s and other documents to the various boards and offices of the county as well as other deliveries in and out of Citrus County included but not limited to, doctor offices for labs specimens, transporting medical equipment between the two hospitals in the county during their early reconstruction, Damron’s Parts (LKQ), etc. After missing 8 weeks work in 2005 because of my open heart surgery I went back to work at the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office and worked the next 14 years in a power chair that I plan to continue using when elected Property Appraiser. Working for 14 years in the Citrus County Property Appraisers Office, retiring as a Field Appraiser and having 32 years accumulated experience with the intricacies of Citrus County government in all areas puts me an in unparalleled position to take over the reins of property appraiser.