My job as a Network Administrator for the City of Mankato is the most exciting job in the world because of my extraordinary co-workers who put a smile on my face every single day. I get to test new technology that will assist the police in everyday operations. Some of the equipment I get to mess around with includes body cameras and tools that increase the ease of writing reports for officers by translating speech to a program that automatically fills in the report. This day and age, body cameras have become increasingly important so that when an incident occurs, the judge and jury are able to see what actually happened, not just opinions that may have very well been fabricated. In that sense, I am honored to be able to work on the equipment that ensures truth and justice will continue to thrive for many years to come. I decided to move to Mankato fourteen years ago because I wanted the city atmosphere without the big city traffic or people. In that sense, Mankato is a perfect place to live because it is big enough that there is always something to do and it never appears overly crowded. The job market in Mankato is growing, cost of living is low, and the wages are generally high. When buying a house here you can get a lot more for your money. I live with my wife, and four pets: Odin, a St. Bernard/Lab/Pointer mix; Loki, a Husky/Lab mix; Amanda, a cat; and Binx who is also a cat. I really enjoy playing football and video games. I played amateur football after college and then tried out for semi-pro football until it was disbanded. Friends are one of the most important things in my life. Something about being able to talk to a friend about anything helps get things off my mind. All of this reflection has helped me realize that I am exceedingly happy with where my life has brought me today.
Interview & Photo by: Khadiya Hollingsworth, Justin Duran, and David Markiewicz