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Rick has 30 years of law enforcement experience in local government. He retired as Police Captain for the City of Fairfield in 2011, where he was second in command in the Police Department. Throughout his career he has served in various leadership positions in patrol, personnel and training, investigations, and police support services. He was a Commander of the SWAT Team, Manager of the Field Training Officer program, Internal Affairs Investigations Commander, Firearms Instructor and ultimately the Firearms Program Coordinator. He served as a Detective and has extensive investigations experience.
He served as the construction liaison/program manager for the construction of the department’s 39,000 square foot training facility and indoor range. The facility is a regional range and training center housing a twenty position twenty-five yard pistol range, six position 100 yard rifle range, conference room, classroom, mat room/classroom, three driving simulators, use of force simulator, and armory.
After retirement, he obtained his Private Investigator’s License and Private Patrol Operators License and co-founded Blackrock Investigations and Consulting, which is now becoming The Blackrock Group with the addition of three new partners. He is also co-founder of Rwanda for Justice, a non-profit child advocacy organization working with police, prosecutors and medical staff in Rwanda, Africa to combat child sexual violence.
Rick has a Bachelors Degree in Human Resources Management. He is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), and ASIS International.
Director, Workers’ Compensation Unit
Rick’s military, law enforcement, and private investigations experience spans nearly 40 years, covers several executive positions, and is now being put to use leading The Blackrock Group’s Workers’ Compensation Investigations Unit. Rick served as the City of Dixon Police Chief from 1985 until 2001, then as Undersheriff for the Solano County Sheriff’s Office until his retirement in 2007. He was then hired as a full time Private Investigator and has since racked up thousands of hours investigating workers’ compensation injury claims and general liability claims for Status Investigations, Pegasus Risk Management, and Freese & Gianelli Claim Service.
Rick began his career by enlisting in the US Navy in 1967 where he served active duty as a Navy Hospital Corpsman and as a Field Medic in Vietnam with the 3rd Marines. After being Honorably Discharged, he became a correctional officer with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department in 1973 and then hired on as a Police Officer with the City of Clovis in 1974. There he held the ranks of Specialist/Corporal, Detective, and Patrol Sergeant before promoting to Lieutenant/Operations Commander and Investigations Commander. He left the Clovis Police Department in 1985 to serve the City of Dixon as Police Chief for 16 years, then served as Solano County Undersheriff for 6 more, until 2007. He was elected to the Dixon City Council in 2008 and held the position until 2012. He was the city’s vice-mayor from 2008 to 2010.
Rick also had a brief career as a Professional Baseball player, signed out of high school as a Catcher with the Philadelphia Phillies Organization. He played on several minor league club teams before leaving the organization due to an injury.
He has a Bachelors Degree in Criminology from CSU Fresno and is a graduate of Class IX Command College with a POST Certificate in Leadership, which is acknowledged as the equivalent to a Masters Degree.