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Misconceptions

1. Myth: Rick was a Democrat in Texas 

Facts: Rick is a Strong Constitutional Conservative

Rick's first foray into politics came in the 1990's with the Deputy Sheriff's Association.  As a member Rick was appointed to lead the charge in getting the deputy pay inline with the competition as the office hemorrhaged deputies to Austin PD (much like whats happening with Kootenai Co. today). 

To tell this through a fishing story: If you are going fishing for Bass (Rep) and have all the best bait but all that's in the pond is Catfish (Dem). Then Catfish is all you're going to catch.... and that's why he voted Dem in TX.

Rick began meeting regularly with the county commissioners (ALL Democrats) and developing a relationship of mutual understanding in regards to the county budget.  Simultaneously, he began the same with neighborhood associations.  These relationships resulted in closing the door of attrition at Travis County.  During this process Rick designed a new Peace Officer pay-scale (POPS) encompassing the 80-millions dollar budget that was adopted and still being used today. Rick earned state and local Leadership Commendations for his work and through those relationships, without a compulsion to bargain, the commissioners still come to the table annually to discuss pay with the association.

Over the next 10+ years Rick went from being an association member to board member to VP & PAC Chair and finally President.  The county commissioners and candidates for county commissioner were and always have been Democrats. Regardless of Rick's personal political beliefs and how he voted nationally his only options locally were Democratic.  He voted for Governor and later President Bush.  In 2008, Rick voted straight ticket Republican. He also voted for President Trump and looks forward to doing it again.  Also of note that I think we can all agree upon...  the Dems of the 90's are a far cry from those of today.

2. Issue: Rick has been divorced three times

Fact: True - Two of which occurred before the age of 25. How many of us aren't guilty of being young and stupid? Rick claims no such exemption but is non the less ashamed.

3. Issue: Rick filed bankruptcy in TX

Fact: True - In 2005 as a result of a divorce and upon advice of council.  An experience he found very humbling and embarrassing.  One that he now feels makes him more compassionate for others that find themselves in similar circumstances.

He currently is debt free and has a credit score in excess of 800.

4. Issue: Rick was fired from a 911 job in Oregon

Fact: FALSE - Upon retirement from TCSO Rick was recruited to be the Director of Columbia 911, replacing the original Dir. of 25 years.  Rick immediately discovered working conditions far different than those promised by the Board of Directors and his contract.  This led to Rick negotiating an early buy out of his contract and as a testament the agency subsequently went through a half dozen directors over the next few years. 

Rick has NEVER been fired or involuntarily demoted during his career.

5. Myth: During the final public hearing on the latest county budget, Rick spoke in favor of the tax increase.

Fact: FALSE - Rick acknowledged the county has two roles; public safety and being the tax collector, and other than that county government is too large.  After that, he thanked the BOCC for addressing the Sheriff Deputy pay-scale.  That it was a good start, there is still work to be done, and they missed the mark with the Detention Deputies. None of the other attending candidates chose to speak up for the deputies.

Rick wanted to accomplish two things:

  1. Expecting the public was going to berate the BOCC for the tax increase, Rick wanted to give them credit for their pay-scale efforts, and;
  2. He wanted the Deputies to know and hear that he had their backs.

Rick attended the budget development meetings observing the creation of the final approved budget and all the work that went into it. 


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