Ken is a believer in strong leadership by example, building consensus among his peers in decision-making, developing partnership relationships, and maintaining fiscal responsibility and transparency.
Drawing upon his 30+ years of experience in public accounting and as a Chief Financial Officer of a publicly-held company, his vision is to attract quality employers and good paying jobs to Surprise, while maintaining cost-effective city services and fostering community pride.
He was elected to a four-year term as District 4 Councilman in 2016, served as Vice Mayor for the year 2018, and was re-elected for another four-year term in the August 2020 primary, with a term expiration of December 31, 2024.
In addition to his city council duties, Ken is currently employed as a Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator and income tax preparer.
Ken has always been actively involved in the community. He previously served as Treasurer of Litchfield Manor Homeowners Association for 13 years, participating in its Budget, Landscaping, Architectural and Social Committees. Ken currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Ken is a Vietnam Era Veteran, having served in the United States Navy from 1963-1967.
Educational accomplishments include a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education-Accounting from California State University Fullerton, followed by graduate studies at University of Phoenix. Ken also holds lifetime teaching credentials in Community Colleges.
On a personal basis, Ken and his wife Beverley have lived in Surprise since 2004. They have four children, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.