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Rick started his public service career when he joined the U.S. Army in 1977. After serving 3 years as a Military Policeman, Rick joined the Baytown, Texas police department in 1980.

Rick worked as a police officer in Baytown for 6 years before moving to Austin, Texas where he joined the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) in 1986.

Rick’s 25 year career with the TCSO saw him work his way up through the ranks as the agency grew from a few hundred personnel to over 1500. Rick earned the opportunity to command multiple divisions within the TCSO. He held command positions in the Homicide division, SWAT, White Collar Crime, Computer Forensics, Family Violence, Child Abuse, Intelligence, Crime Lab, 911- Communications, School Resource Officers, Canine (K-9), Lake Patrol, Traffic, Patrol Platoon and the Field Training Officer Program.

In 1992, Rick designed his first Field Training Officer Program (FTO). He formed histraining and consulting firm in 1995 and began instructing and consulting on Field Training programs for police agencies across the county. Rick has expanded his training and consulting business over the years to include police instructor development, investigations and various police leadership topics.

Rick has demonstrated administrative experience directing high profile investigative units as well as the TCSO SWAT unit. Rick has managed multi-million dollar budgets, employee compensation programs and equipment solutions.

Rick has also held leadership roles in Incident Command during natural disasters such as the deadly Jarrell Texas tornado (F5) of 1997 that killed 27 people, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina as well as a host of public events many in excess of 60,000 attendees (ROT Rally).

As a member of the Operations Board for the Combined Transportation Emergency Communications Center (CTECC) representing Austin Texas, he was part of a multi-jurisdictional team which created a regional digital radio and mobile data system that now serves over a million people in central Texas.

His technical expertise includes: assessing Police unit efficiencies, design, review, and implementation of training programs, instructor development, and investigative training and consultation.

As a mentor and trainer, he created a Field Training Program still utilized by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to this day and one that has been widely adopted by Police agencies across the country.

Since his arrival in Idaho eight years ago, Rick has designed Field Training Officer programs for many local police agencies. Rick’s decades of training police officers has made him an effective listener, communicator and motivator.

Rick and his wife Deb discovered Northern Idaho late in their careers and upon their retirement in 2011 moved to Post Falls, where Rick’s training firm is now based. Rick and Deb have three children and four grandchildren.

Rick’s business success has afforded him the opportunity to give back to the community that he has come to love and call home.

Notable Achievements:

Recognized by the Idaho Post as a Subject Matter Expert in: Leadership, Forensic Investigations, and Field Training Programs

Designed a Nationally recognized Field Training Program

BS degree from Midwestern State University in Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Graduate of the FBI National Academy (197)

Graduate of the Leadership and Command College of Texas (23)

Certified Public Manager Certified National Incident Management System (NIMS) Instructor

Certified National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Center Manager

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