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About Dick

PERSONAL:

Richard “Dick” Muri was born in Fairbanks Alaska. Commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1975, he earned his navigator wings in 1976 and flew the C-141 as a Navigator. Dick served in the Air Force for 22 years and retired a Lieutenant Colonel.

He served from 2003 to 2012 as the District 6 Pierce County Councilmember, which includes the communities of Lakewood, Steilacoom, DuPont, Roy, McKenna, West Parkland, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the island communities of Anderson, McNeil, and Ketron.

Dick and his wife of 34 years, Mary, reside in Steilacoom. They have four children, Jennifer, Jonathan, Sarah, and Bradley, and six grandchildren.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE:

  • Retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, 1976-1998
  • Steilacoom School Board member, 1997-2004
  • Pierce County Councilman District #6, 2003-2012
  • Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Board of Directors, Chairman 2011-2012
  • Pierce County Performance Audit Committee, chairman 2006-2012
  • Military Officers’ Association of America Mt. Rainier chapter, president 2013-2014
  • Joint City-Council Open Space Determination Board, board member
  • Law and Justice Community Oversight Committee, board member
  • Pierce County Reserve Officers Board of Trustees, board member
  • Rainier Communications Commission, board member
  • Zoo & Trek Authority (ZTA),  board member
  • Safe Streets, board member
  • Pierce County Law and Justice Council, councilmember

LEGISLATIVE ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Legislative Task Force on Career Education Opportunities

AWARDS:

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award, 1996
  • Inducted in the Fort Lewis Civilian Hall of Fame at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 2006
  • Washington State District Three Middle School Wrestling Coach of the Year Award, 2002

COMMUNITY:

  • Steilacoom Kiwanis Club, past president
  • Steilacoom Historical School District #1 Board of Directors, former member
  • Steilacoom Lakewood Youth Wrestling Association, co-founder and director
  • Bates Management Training Center Board of Directors, member