Rick is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who relocated to the Mount Vernon area where he began his undergraduate degree in Psychology and English at Kenyon College. During his time at Kenyon, Rick became a volunteer firefighter with College Township Fire Department, eventually achieving the rank of Captain. He obtained his Firefighter II and EMT-Paramedic certifications and, following college, Rick’s first career in public service was as a firefighter/paramedic with various cities across Ohio.
Rick landed back in Mount Vernon in 2009 as a firefighter/paramedic and began coursework toward his graduate degree in Public Policy and Management at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. During this time, Rick was given the opportunity to serve as the Director of Knox County 9-1-1. While there he oversaw the consolidation of Knox County’s 9-1-1 centers and the County’s transition to the Ohio MARCS radio system.
After spending a few years as a Public Sector Performance Improvement Consultant and Project Manager in Indianapolis and Columbus, Rick returned to Mount Vernon in 2020 to serve as the City’s Safety Service Director. As Safety Service Director Rick developed the City’s first strategic plan, reorganized the City’s Public Works and Public Utilities departments, and implemented numerous technology initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Rick became the City of Huber Heights City Manager on September 11, 2023.