Rick Scott | Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County

A native of San Francisco, Rick was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 2006 and was designated as a Surface Warfare Officer for 7 years. His assignments included tours as an Engineering Officer on USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57), Navigation Department Head on the USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), and an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2013 he began his career in local government when he accepted the position of Operations Manager in the City of San José’s Department of Transportation.

In his capacity as Operations Manager, Rick oversees the Inspection and Contractual Services groups. This team manages pavement and ADA ramp inspections, Maintenance and Community Facilities Districts, trees and sidewalks, and contractual street sweeping, weed abatement and landscaping services. He is particularly passionate about water conservation and reducing long-term maintenance issues through proactive planning. He still holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Navy Reserves.

Rick obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned is Masters in Public Administration from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He lives with his wife in Morgan Hill, CA.

Navigating Through the Fog: A Naval Officer’s Lessons on Leading Teams

  A viscous fog engulfed us as the ship slowly settled on its course into San Diego Harbor. As the Navigator, it was my duty to ensure the safe navigation of our ship by giving the Officer of the Deck (OOD) course and speed recommendations.  The visual landmarks on which we usually depended were completely […]