Amber Richards is a local government professional with a heart for people and a passion for public service. She has broad career experience spanning several disciplines, to include emergency management, safety and risk management, and human resources. Her HR expertise is focused in recruitment and selection, administration of civil service/merit systems, training, coaching and leadership development, organizational alignment and strategic planning.
She has eight years of municipal HR experience serving local government agencies in Washington State as a Chief Examiner for Civil Service commissions and most recently as Human Resources Director for the City of Spokane, WA. She also served as an operations section chief focused on strategic operations for the Inland COVID-19 Regional Response Team in Spokane during the initial response phase of the pandemic.
Amber is a military veteran, having served seven years in the United States Air Force as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management Executive Leadership. She is a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute, Leadership ICMA, the National Emergency Management Basic Academy and possesses a Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional certification (SHRM-SCP). Additionally, she is a member of the Veterans Advisory Committee through ICMA.