My wife Karla and I have lived in Federal Way for over 50 years. We have a son and two grandchildren who live in NE Tacoma, one block from Federal Way. Our son served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
I worked at the Boeing Company before and after my service in the U.S. Army. While in the Army, I served in Vietnam and was awarded distinguished service medals.
After earning degrees in business and court reporting, I started two court reporting companies here in Federal Way that employ over 40 people. My two companies provide court reporting and transcription services for individuals and lawyers as well as sworn testimony required by government agencies. Alliance Reporting, unlike most of the other court reporting companies, provides health care and retirement benefits for all our employees.
I have been a member of both the Federal Way and Auburn VFW posts and was the commander of VFW Post 1741. During my term as Commander, I earned awards from both the state and national VFW. I continue to serve as a VFW Service Officer helping other Veterans receive the benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs they have earned. I have also been a member of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Kiwanis, and Rotary.
I am a strong supporter of Fusion. Peggy LaPorte and her team at Fusion provide housing and support services to families experiencing homelessness in our community so they will have a safe, secure environment as they work toward self-sufficiency.
I have also been a volunteer for the Federal Way School District and have supported recreational facilities for our kids. I worked with King County Councilman Peter Von Reichbauer and other community leaders to build the South County Ballfields located on Military Road. I coached for the Steel Lake Little League for eight years. I was a soccer 'dad' for four years. Today, I am a proud grandfather of two youth baseball players and support them both!!
As the president of the Federal Way Public Market Board, I have worked with other residents to hopefully build the Federal Way Public Market. It will be similar to the 5th Street Market in Eugene, Oregon and the Pybus Market in Wenatchee. The proposed Federal Way Market will create jobs and draw people from throughout the region that will help other local businesses.
I in the past ten years, I have served the people of Federal Way on several City Commissions.
These include the Civil Service Commission, the Federal Way Parks Commission, and the
Federal Way Salary Commission.
I have served two terms on the Civil Service Commission. The Commission makes
recommendations to the mayor on the selection, appointment, promotion, demotion, and
employment of commissioned police officers. In this position, I have also attended graduating
ceremonies for new Federal Way police officers at the Criminal Justice Training Center.
I also served two terms on the Parks Commission. The Parks Commission is responsible for
advising the mayor, city councilmembers, and city staff on park policies including acquisition of
additional land, operation and maintenance, facilities, and programs in Federal Way’s parks.
I am currently serving on my second term on the Independent Salary Commission. The salary
commission is responsible for making recommendation for salaries and benefits for the mayor
and city councilmembers.
Roger and his wife, Karla
August 7 th is Purple Heart Recognition Day. When I was the Commander of VFW Post 1741 in
2018, I realized that our local cities did not recognize this day to honor members of our armed
forces who have sacrificed for our country. I set out to change that.
I lobbied the mayors and city councils of Federal Way, Auburn, and Pacific to have their cities
recognize Purple Heart Day. All three mayors and councils agreed. Since 2019, these three
cities have recognized this important day annually. I am pleased that at least thirty other cities in Washington State have followed suit.