Who is Richard Hildreth
I am a talented emergency management professional with an interesting if not unique background. I spent more than twenty-five years as an electrician and ten years holding elected office. I am proud to say that in both of those positions, I reached out and did more than what was expected and found ways to combine them with my other passion, volunteering in the community.
As an electrician I organized multiple volunteer projects including extensive repairs for the Boy Scouts Camp Hahobas, the construction of a new 3500 square foot distribution center for St. Francis House (an organization serving low income individuals in the Puyallup area) and the veteran’s memorials in the cities of Puyallup and Milton. When serving as Mayor, I was known for constantly working around town cleaning graffiti or cleaning up the park. I am proud that one of my lasting legacies in the City of Pacific was planting the seeds of Pacific Partnerships, a non-profit civic organization that is still making a difference today.
While in office, I took advantage of FEMA sponsored training at the Emergency Management Institute and the Center for Domestic Preparedness. In spite of the fact that I often lost thousands of dollars in wages from my work as an electrician, the value brought back to the city was well worth it. We wrote a plan, developed local capacity and took proactive steps as a community to be better prepared. In 2009, I was honored to be appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to serve on the Washington State Emergency Management Council.
As an emergency management professional, I have had the honor of serving as the 1st Vice President of the USA Student Region for the International Association of Emergency Managers. I also had the pleasure of helping facilitate the rebuilding or repair of nearly 1000 homes damaged by flooding in Blanco, Hays, Caldwell and Guadalupe Counties in Texas. I currently work as a Local Government Specialist for FEMA’s CPCB-RSF serving the Citizens of Texas recovering from Hurricane Harvey. CPCB -RSF is the Community Planning Capacity Building - Recovery Support Function who assist communities in the development of long term recovery plans.
I am still active however as a volunteer in my church and in the community. Although not a fighter myself, I am currently working with a faith based boxing club helping them coach youth who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Although some people may see boxing as violence, the sport of boxing actually teaches discipline, physical fitness and focus. This program has already turned more than one kid away from the drugs and violence faced by so many today. I say this only because, no matter where I go or what I do, I will find a way to give back to the community I live in and make this world a better place for everyone.
Because that is who Richard Hildreth is.