Doug Richardson has a distinguished history of public service including 17 years on the Lakewood City Council from 1995 -2012. During his seven years as Mayor of Lakewood, Richardson focused heavily on public safety and community. He spearheaded the creation of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership to address military growth and coordination issues in partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding jurisdictions.
Doug Richardson is the ONLY endorsed candidate for Sheriff by the Pierce County Sheriff Deputy’s Independent Guild, the women and men who proudly wear the badge.
Pierce County Councilmember Richardson was first elected to office as representative of District 6 in November 2012 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016. He is currently Pierce County’s longest serving Chair of the Pierce County Council in his fifth consecutive year.
Councilmember Richardson has been heavily involved in the County for over three decades, and knows the issues and priorities of this community. During his time on the Council he has served on the Public Safety Committee, Pierce County Law and Justice Council, South Sound 911 Board of Directors, Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Disability Board and numerous other local and regional organizations.
Raised in West Groton, Massachusetts, Richardson came to the Lakewood area while serving on active duty with the 2nd Ranger Battalion on Fort Lewis. He is a graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and was awarded a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Doug Richardson retired from the Army Reserve as a Brigadier General after completing 32 years of active and reserve service and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
Doug Richardson has over 30 years of management experience in private sector Defense Systems and 25 years in public service to Pierce County. He and his wife, Charlene attend St. John Bosco parish in Lakewood and enjoy spending time with their two children, son-in-law and their three young grandchildren.