Biography

 

Life & Family

Pierce County Councilmember and Congressional Candidate Richard “Dick” Muri was born November 30th, 1953 in Fairbanks Alaska. He graduated from Ashland High in Ashland Massachusetts in 1971 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1975 and his Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University 1988.

Dick has been happily married since 1979 to Mary Muri (formerly Mary Burns – Lakes HS ’75) and has four children, Jennifer, Jonathan, Sarah, and Bradley. Dick and Mary have 2, three-year old grandchildren, Makenna Mae Kelpman and Sterling Wade Officer, two-year old Garrison Gordon Kelpman, and one-year old Boone James Officer.

 

Governmental Leadership

Dick Muri took office as Pierce County Councilmember District 6 on November 19, 2003, serving Lakewood, Steilacoom, DuPont, Roy, McKenna, Fort Lewis, McChord AFB, and the island communities of Anderson, McNeil, and Ketron.

Dick serves in leadership positions as Chair of the Performance Audit Committee, Vice-Chair of both the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board and Select Committee for Emergency Preparedness, and Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Task Force.

Councilmember Muri is also a member of the following county council standing committees: Community Development, Economic Infrastructure & Development, and Public Safety & Human Services.

External Boards and Commissions include the Joint City-Council Open Space Determination Board, Law and Justice Community Oversight Committee, Pierce County Reserve Officers Board of Trustees, Pierce Transit Board, Rainier Communications Commission, Zoo & Trek Authority (ZTA), Safe Streets, and Pierce County Law and Justice Council. Councilmember Muri ran for his second term for Pierce County Councilmember District 6, promising to continue being the most accessible elected official for the Council, and offering a strong record of open, efficient, and responsible County government.

As chairman of the Performance Audit Committee, Muri worked with the Justice Management Institution to improve the processes involved in the Pierce County judicial system. Result: Criminal case back log has declined and incarceration costs have been lowered.
The Performance Audit Committee, with Muri as Chair, continues to push for improvements of PALS with successes in decreased customer waits and permitting time. The PA Committee also halted Pierce County taxpayer paid Prometa drug trials bringing a $575,000 savings to Pierce County citizens.

Councilmember Muri is committed to supporting Veterans and protecting their 50,000 family wage jobs at the local military bases. He is also heavily involved with conservation and land preservation projects around the district, such as protecting the undeveloped 18-acre Salter’s Point woods in Steilacoom and expanding Lakewood’s Wards Lake Park.

 

Community Service

Dick received the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award for 1996 and was inducted into the Fort Lewis Civilian Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Fort Lewis in January 2006. Other community recognition includes the 2002 Washington State District Three Middle School Wrestling Coach of the Year Award.

A 23 year resident and active Steilacoom community leader, he is Past President of the Steilacoom Kiwanis Club – a community partner with the 1st Military Police Brigade at Fort Lewis; a former member of the Steilacoom Historical School District #1 Board of Directors; Co-founder and Director of the Steilacoom Lakewood Youth Wrestling Association; Past President of the Steilacoom Kiwanis Club; member of Bates Management Training Center Board of Directors; and active member of many local Veteran organizations.

Dick enjoys working cooperatively with other elected leaders and community organizations helping great projects to succeed, such as the 22 acre dog park, kids playground, permanent bathrooms, and new soccer fields in Ft. Steilacoom Park.

 

Military Service

Dick was 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. Muri served in the Gulf War from 1990-1991 as Deputy Commander of the 628th Military Airlift Support Squadron at Incirlik Airbase, Turkey. From 1992-1997, Muri was Chief of Quality Management for McChord AFB, directing a program that won numerous awards for excellence from the United States Air Force and Washington State. He retired as a Lt. Colonel with 22 years military experience.

 

Interesting Information

You can see from the photo that Dick is a Pierce County Sound Gro enthusiast! He can be found, some Saturdays, loading 50 pound bags of fertilizer into Pierce County residents’ cars.