District 1 Commissioner Doug Shields has broad experience in government, business, education and nonprofit work. A graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.S. in accounting, Doug’s first job was as a certified public accountant in Atlanta, Georgia, where he learned how a wide variety of businesses across several industries operate. After deciding public accounting was not for him, he moved on to the CIA in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the inspector general performing audits and investigations, and learning how the federal government works from the inside out. After nine years, he moved on to work a defense contractor in Syracuse, New York, and started a web development and hosting company in 1995, when the web was in its infancy. He later started an information security division performing security assessments for corporations. In these years, he learned more about managing people, forming and managing budgets, and project management.
His nonprofit volunteer work includes various positions in the churches he attended, finishing as chair of the Administrative Council, the main leadership position in his church. An Eagle Scout himself, he ran the Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop that his two sons belonged to, where they both attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Both of his sons attained engineering degrees and are now happily married and have begun starting their own families. Doug and his wife, Sue, could not be more proud!
Since his 2010 arrival in Lake County, Doug has successfully demonstrated his great passion for protecting the rights and investments of community citizens against the threats of traffic, pollution and excessive development in treasured rural areas. He recently traveled the world for three years teaching entrepreneurship to U.S. military veterans so that they may continue their service as brave new leaders in our growing economy. Doug actively supports his entrepreneurial wife, Sue, in her growing property management business.
Doug intends to use his leadership skills to further the quality of life of Lake County’s residents. This includes balancing the interests of current and future residents, improving our secondary school systems, growing our tax base by attracting great employers and encouraging entrepreneurship, protecting our environment (including the Green Swamp, which is in his District) and protecting the character of Lake County.
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