Rick joined the Jeffersonville Police Department in 1979 as part of the parking meter division. He was hired as a LEO in March 1980 and retired November 2009 after serving 29½ years, holding the rank of Major. During his tenure on the department, Rick spent 22+ years as a K9 handler, trainer, and K9 commander working with multiple K9’s. He was a member of the EOD, and hostage negotiations teams. Rick held every rank within the department including Chief of Police.
After retiring, Rick deployed multiple times to the Middle East, including, living in the country of Jordan for over 2½ years working on DOD & DOS contracts training Explosive detection K9 teams.
Rick is still very active today, instructing at NAPWDA workshops, certifying, and training K9 teams, and as a LE/K9 consultant.
Rick joined NAPWDA in 1982 and is a lifetime member. He was appointed as a Indiana state coordinator in 1998, and was elected as a National Trustee, serving from 2007-2012. He was nominated and elected as National President in 2013 and is serving in his second term in that position.
Rick was accredited as a NAPWDA Trainer in 1990 and Master Trainer in 1995. He has served on many committees, and is currently the Sponsorship Chairperson.
Rick is married to his wife, Amy, and they have six children and seven grandchildren.