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Friday, Mar 6, 2015

Candidate profiles

Dick   Collins

Personal: 56, married, two daughters, two grandchildren

Employment: Spokane County Sheriff's Dept., since 1970, currently jail commander

Education: Eastern Washington State College, BA in sociology

Political history: First run for office.

Issues: Supports contracting with Sheriff's Office for public safety, would like to enhance current proposal for services if city can afford it.

Finances: $1,150 in contributions reported as of Sept. 5

Top priority after taking office: "Maintaining the current services we have, with the budget we have. I'm not going to raise taxes."


13906 E. 23rd, Veradale, WA 99037


  • Born and raised in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Military
  • Joined the U.S. Air Force, May of 1966.


  • Bachelor's degree in sociology, Eastern Washington State College, 1974.


  • Worked as a fingerprint examiner with the FBI in Washington, D.C., 1965 to 1966.
  • Started with Spokane County Sheriff's Office in 1970 as jailer/
  • communications officer; worked as identification office, January 1971; hired as deputy sheriff in September 1971; promoted to detective working property crimes in December 1977; assigned as department polygraph examiner in 1979; promoted to sergeant in 1982 and worked patrol, computer systems liason, 911 administrative supervisor, and sexual assault unit supervisor; promoted to lieutenant in 1995 and assigned as deputy director of emergency communications (911); promoted in 1999 to present position of jail commander.

    Professional/civic organizations

  • Washington State Law Enforcement Association Board of Trustees, past president
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, department representative
  • Spokane Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (SCAN), past president
  • Washington State 911 Advisory Committee, past board member.
  • Crime Check of Spokane, past board of directors.
  • Spokane County Sheriff Lieutenants and Captains Association, past secretary/treasurer.
  • Spokane County Deputy Sheriff Association, past vice-president.

    Cover letter

    We must protect aquifer, air quality

    Hi Neighbors! I'm Dick Collins, a valley resident for more than 25 years and a member of the Sheriff's Office for more than 32 years.

    My primary goals as a city council member are to protect our environment, to support superior public safety and to ensure no increases in taxes while working to provide a business friendly atmosphere.

    I believe that we need to do what is necessary to protect the aquifer and the quality of air in the Spokane Valley. Without clean water and pollution-free air, the quality of life in our city will suffer and the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren will be jeopardized.

    My years of experience in law enforcement have produced a level expertise that allows an insight to public safety needs. I am committed to the maintenance of our current level of services, if not their enhancement. I will encourage contracts for those services from the same agencies that have protected us for so many years. I am also in favor of increasing traffic enforcement within our boundaries. Officers of the current traffic division have been

    responsible for a 30 percent reduction in collisions over the past 4 years.

    I believe we need to keep sex offenders individuals accountable for their actions and ensure they maintain current addresses with our law enforcement officers.

    We need to attract new businesses by working with community leaders, by promoting our business friendly atmosphere and by showing that we offer a safe environment for school, work and play.

    Dick Collins
    Candidate for City Council Position 4

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