A Texas native, Joe spent time growing-up in East and West Texas, going on to graduate in Amarillo. He is a 3rd generation to work in public service and government, as his father retired as a Texas Prison Warden and mother as a teacher, while his grandfather worked for the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). He earned his bachelors and masters in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration in 2008 and 2011 from West Texas A&M University. He went on to receive his Certified Public Manager designation in 2016 and his Certified Floodplain Manager credential in 2017. Joe began his local government career in 2012 with the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, serving in the Local Government Services Department and was appointed Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning and Development at the City of Borger.
An active community member, Joe serves in the Borger Rotary, and Borger Chamber of Commerce. Also involved in regional and statewide organizations, Joe is actively involved in the Texas City Management Association (TCMA). In TCMA, he serves as a member of the membership committee and is a member on the City Managers of Tomorrow committee. Joe currently serves as a board member on the Panhandle Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Texas Revenue Recovery Association (TRRA) and the Texas Panhandle Inspectors Association (TPIA). He is also an active member of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and the Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA).
Joe and his wife, Stephanie, married in August 2010. They have one daughter, who has gone to be with Jesus, named Charlotte. Joe's hobbies include spending time with his family, writing for Division 2 football, fishing, and traveling.