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Council Member Rick Gibbs

Term Expires: December 2018
Office Hours: Call for an Appointment
(951) 461-6016
(951) 698-9885 Fax

Personal Goal Statement

His goals for Murrieta envision a safe family oriented community where residents live, work, and play. Rick's focus is to bring high paying employers to the area in order to take our citizens off the freeways and do away with the need for long distance commuting. At his urging, an economic development position was created and an experienced specialist hired to begin the campaign to sell Murrieta to prospective employers. As a member of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, he has lobbied for improvements to the I-15 and I-215 freeways and worked with CALTRANS to insure that our interchange projects remain on schedule. He is a strong proponent of public safety and has long supported police and fire department goals to insure necessary staffing levels and procurement of top of the line equipment. As a result of his strong advocacy, access to quality health care in the region has been ensured and vastly improved.

Personal Bio

Rick was married to his wife Kathy for 45 years. Sadly, she passed away from cancer in December 2013, and he and his family are grateful to LLUMC-M and Hospice of the Valley for their amazing care and compassion. Rick has a son in the U.S. Air Force, another son working for the American Cancer Society in Sacramento, and a daughter, who lives in Murrieta with her husband and their two sons. Of his 5 grandsons, one graduated from Murrieta Valley High School in 2009 and another in 2012. His only granddaughter is now 18 months old.

Rick cares deeply about our community. He is running for re-election to the council to continue the city’s focus on Quality of Life, Public Safety, a Business Friendly Atmosphere, and Job Creation. His goal is to ensure that current and future residents experience the same great place to live and raise a family as he and Kathy enjoyed since arriving in 1999.

As a Councilmember for the past nine years, he has worked to make sure that the needs of our citizens guide city goal setting and decisions. Rick has no investment property in Murrieta, is not obligated to special interests, and believes government’s limited role is primarily to support the people and ensure that a high level of public safety is provided. Since his first election, Rick has used his characteristic common sense and experience-based practical approach to revamp the city’s leadership structure, and to lay out a transparent set of goals. His 2014 re-election will keep government responsive, efficient, and cost conscious 

Community Leadership

  • Murrieta City Council Member, 2005 to the present
  • Murrieta General Plan Vice Chairman, 2004-2005
  • Community Steering Commission, 2001-2005
  • Public Safety Commission Chairman, 2001-2003 (member since 2000)

Regional Leadership

  • Autism Task Force
  • I-15 Interregional Partnership Joint Policy Committee
  • Murrieta Creek Flood Control Committee
  • MVUSD Educational Technology Committee
  • Riverside County Transportation Committee (RCTC)
    • RCTC Budget and Ad Hoc Subcommittees
  • Riverside Transit Agency – Alternate Board Member
  • Riverside Conservation Agency – Alternate Board Member
  • Southwest Cities Coalition Committee
  • Southwest Riverside County Hospital Task Force
  • Veterans Court Mentor for Riverside County


Designated by the United States Secretary of Commerce as a Member of the California Inland Empire District Export Council. Rick is currently serving as Chairman of this business executive group, whose task is to increase exports and foster domestic job creation.

Murrieta Council Assignments

  • Audit Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • City Commissions Improvement Committee
  • Council Representative to the Chamber of Commerce
  • Council Representative to Western Municipal Water District
  • Economic Development Ad-hoc Subcommittee
  • Higher Education Subcommittee
  • Health Regional Task Force
  • Land Use Committee
  •  Riverside County Transportation Commission Board (RCTC)
  • Veterans Memorial Committee
  • City Selection Committee (LAFCO)
  • Joint Murrieta/Temecula Subcommittee
  • Special Events/Holiday Magic Subcommittee
  • International Relations Subcommittee
  • Southwest Cities Coalition


  •  Air Force Association
  • Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association
  • National Defense Industrial Association
  • Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
  • Air Force Association

Military Service

  • 32 years divided equally between the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard
  • Decorated combat veteran – career spans the gamut from flying fighter aircraft in Vietnam to working on the acquisition of billion dollar weapon systems during 5 years of service in the Pentagon
  • 21 years in operations and plans; 11 years in systems acquisition

Business Experience

  • 31 years in business development with the Westinghouse Electric and Northrop Grumman Corporations
  • Marketed aerospace equipment to the U.S. military and to over a dozen allied nations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia


  • U.S. Air Force Air War College, Distinguished Graduate, 1994
  • University of Northern Colorado – Masters of Public Administration, 1975
  • Fordham University – BA in Communication Arts, 1968


  • Hiking and skiing


  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Oak Grove Center For Education Treatment & The Arts
  • Safe Alternatives For Everyone
  • Veterans Memorial at Murrieta Town Square Park