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I’m Coming Home: After three years at the City of Irving, I’m headed back to the place where my career in municipal government began, the City of Arlington.

My time at Irving has been a great experience and I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing people, so the decision to leave didn’t come easy.

For one week, I felt and understood everything that DeMarco Murray went through when he faced the decision to leave the Dallas Cowboys. I wanted to remain loyal to an organization that I have loved and invested in the past three years; but I on the other hand I was blown away with an opportunity to join another organization that showed great desire to have me.

I was also presented with another opportunity to move my professional career in a completely different direction. Initially, I felt torn in what to do next. So I did what I always do when I am faced with life changing decisions. I sought the comfort and advice of the ones I love.

Of course, there’s my lifetime prayer warrior in my mom. She told me the words that I always need to hear when I reach out to her for guidance. “Just pray about it, son,” she always says. Then there’s my wife, who has always been there and loved me no matter what. She encouraged me. Loved me. Supported me. She told me the words I needed to hear. And, some of my most trusted friends. They all provided me with the words and assurances that I needed. Inevitably, the ‘Decision’ became overwhelmingly clear.

Since day one, I’ve felt completely led into my career in government.

It sounds cliché, but my goal as a working professional has been to do one thing: help people. The journey to get there hasn’t been easy. I’ve worked hard. I’ve struggled. I’ve failed. I’ve questioned everything. I trusted in God’s plan, but remained dependent on His timing and His direction. I began to lose hope and faith in the midst of a difficult journey, but that all changed just a few short weeks ago.

An undergraduate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington once told me, “grace shows up when you least expect it and need it the most.” Now, I finally understand that feeling.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me through this process. To my family, my friends and co-workers. Special thanks to my wife Corey, my mom, Curt Grice, Patrick Bessinger, Dr. Dennis Wiles, Anita Gomez and Tamara Jolee for your guidance.

I will continue to do my work with MavsFanatic.com, as well as a few other side ventures that I’m currently exploring.

In life, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.

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