Rick is a Labor Relations Consultant in the Southern California region. He serves a variety of public employee labor associations including law enforcement officers, firefighters, service officers and supervisor/management units. Rick has broad experience in public safety. He completed a 30-year career and retired from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department as Lifeguard Chief, where he managed a Division of over 300 personnel. Rick’s leadership role allowed him to work collaboratively with a wide variety of regional fire and police agencies on emergency response plans, mutual aid and disaster planning and preparation.
During his tenure, Rick spent time on both sides of the negotiation table. First, he was a member of the Municipal Employees Association representing his classification during meet and confer. Later he promoted into unclassified and management roles where he was a representative of the Fire-Rescue Department during contract negotiations. Rick’s experience with labor-management relations spans 16 years.
Rick’s management experience allowed him to help negotiate memorandums of understanding, side letters, proposals, alternative work schedules and improved staffing practices. He led in the development of a five-year needs assessment that served as a principal reference to increase staffing, expand specialty teams and improve equipment and facilities. Additionally, Rick has extensive experience with hiring and promotional processes, as well as disciplinary and appeal procedures.