I graduated from Placer High School in 1965 and attended Sierra College, mostly on a part-time basis, from 1965 to 1970.
Upon receiving an Associate of Arts degree, I transferred to Humboldt State University and graduated in 1973 with a B.A. degree in Political Science and believe it or not, a B.A. degree in German. I then spent several months touring Europe and lived and worked for a time in Heidelberg, Germany. When I returned to the U.S., I searched for suitable government related employment.
Not finding anything to my liking, I decided to go into business for myself.
Since I worked in service stations from time-to-time since I was fifteen and throughout my college career, it made sense to open a service station. At the tender age of twenty-seven, I opened Holmes Service Station on March 1, 1975. I sold gasoline and provided auto repair service until January 1, 2004, when I sold the business. During my business career I joined the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and become involved in community projects. In 1987, I was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Placer Consolidated Fire Protection District in North Auburn and served on that board for 16 years.
I was elected four times to that Board. In 1996, I was elected to the Auburn Union Elementary School Board and served on that Board for two 4 year terms. After retiring from my business in 2004, I ran for Placer County Supervisor, District 3 and was elected. I was re-elected in 2008.
I also work part-time for the Placer County Office of Education and oversee their fleet of over 50 vehicles.
Favorite Class: Larry Wight’s Political Science
Favorite Professor: Larry Wight. This was during the time that Ronald Reagan was Governor of California. Professor Wight always referred to the Governor as “Hollywood Harry”
Best Advice: “The best advice I ever got at Sierra College was: “Stay away from the blonde in Speech class”. I should have followed it.
Fondest Memory: I have many fond memories from my years at Sierra College. One was driving to an “all you can eat” buffet in Roseville with the football players. Also, ditching class (more than once) and going to Candlestick Park to watch Giants games. I will always remember taking golf classes with Coach George Goto.