Biography

Life & Family

Dick and his wife Mary have been married 36 years

Biographical Information

Richard (Dick) Walter Muri, [email protected], 253-439-9797

116 Lila Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1418

1953 — Born: Ladd Air Force Base, Fairbanks, Alaska, 30 November 1953

1971 — Graduated Ashland High School, Ashland, Massachusetts

1974 – 4th Place, 126 pound weight class, New England University Division 1 wrestling championships

1975 – Graduated University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health – Environmental Science

1975 – Commissioned 2ndLieutenant United States Air Force via ROTC

1976 – Awarded USAF Navigator Wings, Mather Air Force Base

1976 to 1984 assigned to McChord Air Force Base flew C-141A/B

1979 to present — Married to Mary Linda Burns (Lakes High School 1975)

1980 to 1986 – Having babies, Jennifer (1980), Jonathan (1982), Sarah (1984), Bradley (1986)

1983 – Award Air Medal for Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada Hostage rescue)

1983 – Graduate Squadron Officers School

1984 – 1989 – Assigned 22nd Air Force Headquarters, Travis AFB (Chief Tactical Airlift Liaison Officer and ALCC Cadre)

1984 – Graduated Air Command and Staff College

1988 – Graduated Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA – Masters in Public Administration

1989 – 1991 – Director of Operations 628th Military Airlift Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

1990 – 1991 – Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort

1991 to present, member of Saint John Bosco Catholic Church, Lakewood, WA

1991 – Chief Navigator of the 36thAirlift Squadron, McChord Air Force Base

1992 – 1997 Director of Quality Management at 62ndAirlift Wing, McChord Air Force Base

1993 to Present — Charter member of Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom, past board member, president, secretary, treasurer and current program and membership chairman. 125 members, currently largest out of 300 Kiwanis clubs in the Pacific Northwest

1995 – 1997 – Board of Directors Steilacoom Historical Museum Association

1996 – Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award for 1996

1997 – Co Chair of the successful Steilacoom Historical School District # 1 Bond campaign (May 1997)

1998 – (January 1) retired as a Lt Colonel USAF

1998 – 2004 – elected Board Member of the Steilacoom Historical School District # 1

2002 – Washington State District Three Middle School Wrestling Coach of the Year Award

2003- 2012 – Pierce County Council District Position # 6

2006 – Selected to be a member of the JBLM Citizens Hall of Fame

2013 – Present – 28thDistrict State Representative Position # 1

2013 – 2018 – Founder and “City Captain” of the National Drive Electric Week Steilacoom festival.  In 2018, our 4thlargest event out of 316 in North America

(https://driveelectricweek.org/stats.php?)

On September 6, 2018 I received the City Captain of Year award from Plug In America.   

2015 – 2017 President of the Military Officer Association of America, Mount Rainier Chapter

2017 – Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

2018 – Elected Commander of the Military Order of the World Wars, Puget Sound Chapter

Dick and his wife Mary are blessed with seven grand children, their oldest Makenna is pictured here with Dick at a campaign celebration.

Dick and his wife Mary are blessed with ten grand children, their oldest Makenna is pictured here with Dick at a campaign celebration.

 

Governmental Leadership

2003 – 2012  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 served 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 was 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.

The Chambers Creek Restoration Team celebrated the opening of the second fish ladder at the dam. Dick Muri has been an advocate for a long time. Special thanks to Al Schmauder and the rest of the team for all of their hard work!

The Chambers Creek Restoration Team celebrated the opening of the second fish ladder at the dam. Dick Muri has been an advocate for a long time. Special thanks to Al Schmauder and the rest of the team for all of their hard work!

A 37 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 Muri and about 150 others of the 628 Military Airlift Support Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey 1990. For those wondering where's "Waldo". He is the fourth person to the left of the passenger loading vehicle steps. He has my sleeves rolled up and of course, the short guy.

Dick Muri and about 150 others of the 628 Military Airlift Support Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey 1990. For those wondering where’s “Waldo”. He is the fourth person to the left of the passenger loading vehicle steps. He has my sleeves rolled up and of course, the short guy.

 

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.