Life and Family
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 married since 1979 to Mary Muri (formerly Mary Burns - Lakes HS, WA 1975) and has four children, Jennifer, Jonathan, Sarah, and Bradley. Dick and Mary have eleven grandchildren, Makenna, Sterling, Garrison, Boone, Capri, Cannon, Cora, Blair, Aria, Warren and Huck.
As Pierce County Councilmember, District 6, November 2003 through 2012, 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.
He was also a member of the Community Development, Economic Infrastructure & Development, and Public Safety & Human Services standing committees.
External Boards and Commissions included 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.
As chairman of the Performance Audit Committee, Dick 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 were lowered.
The Performance Audit Committee, with Muri as Chair, pushed 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 committed to supporting Veterans and protecting their 50,000 family wage jobs at the local military bases. He was 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.
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.
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.
Ashland HS, MA (1971)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (1975) BS Public Health Environmental Science
USAF Squadron Officers School (1983)
USAF Command and Staff College (1984)
Golden Gate University (1988) Masters Public Health
Military Career Highlights:
1975 Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant USAF via ROTC
1976 Undergraduate Navigator Training
1976 - 1993 C-141 Starlifter Flight Navigator
1983 - C-141 Aircrew into Operation Provide Comfort (liberation of Grenada)
1982 - 1984 62nd Airlift Wing Airlift Control Element Officer (ALCE)/TALO
1984 - 1989 Headquarters 22nd Air Force Chief Tactical Airlift Liaison Officer
1989 - 1991 Director of Airlift Operations at Incirlick Air Base, Turkey, Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Provide Comfort
1993 - 1997 Director of Quality Management McChord Air Force Base
Major awards: Air Combat Medal 1983 Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada Rescue Mission)
Meritorious Service Medal 1991 (Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Provide Comfort)
1997 - 2004 Steilacoom Historical School District # 1, Board Director Position 1
2003 - 2012 Pierce County Council Councilman Position Position # 6
2013 - 2019 State House of Representatives, 28th District Position #1
Community Service Offices:
Past Steilacoom Historical Museum Association Director
Past President Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom
Past President Military Officer Association of America (Mt Rainier Chapter)
Past Commander Military Order of the World Wars (Puget Sound Chapter)
Past Lt Governor Kiwanis Division 34 Pacific Northwest District
Community Service Awards
1996 - Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award
2003 - District 3 Middle School Wrestling Coach of the Year (Washington)
2006 - Inducted Fort Lewis (now JBLM) Civilian Hall of Fame
2017 - inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
2018 - National Drive Electric Week City Captain of the Year Award from Plug In America (1st ever recipient)
2018 - Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom Citizen of the year
2019 - Steilacoom Citizen of the Year
2019 - Steilacoom Historical Museum Association Lee Merrill Award Recipient