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Hi I'm Jay

I'm a husband and father of a teenage son. I grew up in Rexburg Idaho. I'm the city manager in Renton, Washington. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been working as a city manager for nearly 30 years, and have served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Renton, Washington for over 21 years, but I have never lost the love of farming I gained being raised on a family farm in Rexburg, Idaho, where I currently manage over 1,400 acres of potatoes, wheat and barley. After serving a full-time church mission to Melbourne, Australia, I went to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and obtained a BS degree in Finance, and later a Master of Public Administration degree. I enjoy skiing, backbacking with my son, walking and running with my wife, and reading history and other good books. I agree with the addage "those who do not study history are bound to repeat its mistakes". I have an inherent optimism in the goodness of people, and believe we have an obligation to help those in our community achieve their full potential.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Mormon Church my whole life. But I gained my own personal witness that Jesus Christ lives, knows me and loves me, and that testimony has been strengthened through various experiences over the years. That testimony came in answer to earnest prayer, over a series of experiences during my teenage and young adult years, and I have had additional confirming experiences since then. I have found comfort, direction and assurance in reading and studying God's teachings in the Bible, in the Book of Mormon, and in other scripture. I have also had direct and personal confirmation that God sanctions and sustains living Prophets and Apostles on earth today, and my family has benefited when we follow their counsel. I believe in the power and blessing of personal prayer, and have had numerous experiences where I've felt the loving presense of Heavenly Father, and assurances that He knows and cares about me, even when I've made mistakes. Some of these experiences I describe as "spiritual hugs". As I've lived through life's experiences of learning how to be a good husband, father, boss, leader, helper, servant and whatever other role life throws at me, I am continually impressed with how contemporary, consistent and relevent the teachings found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are in my life.

How I live my faith

I love reading about the life of Jesus Christ, and I try to follow His example in how I deal and interact with others. In my job as a city manager, I see on a daily basis how government and institutional programs fall short in providing the right support, training, guidance and comfort to people living in my community whose circumstances make it more difficult for them to have the same opportunities for success and happiness. It then falls to us in the community to provide that assistance, and I try to do that. I serve in several service organizations (Communities in Schools, Renton Community Foundation, Boy Scouts), and volunteer for service opportunities in my neighborhood and community. I'm convinced that many young people need to experience more positive and caring relationships than they now have. Through the Mormon Church, I regularly visit with four families in the Church (called "Home Teaching"), which provides the opportunity to develop just such a relationship. I am trying to find ways to bring that kind of relationship-building opportunity to others not of my faith. I have had a number of different callings or assignments in the Church, including working with and teaching the youth in scouting and other activities. I've had many wonderful, fulfilling and rewarding experiences, which have produced lasting friendships. The youth of today have so much potential. I like to do whatever I can to help them recognize and then achieve theirs.