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Richard (Rich) Anderson is the Division Manager over inspections and the service center for the City of Austin. A veteran Army paratrooper that started his career as a plumbing contractor, Rich constantly looks for the next challenge. After 15 years as a private contractor and earning his Master Plumbing and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration licenses for the State of Texas, he progressed to local government where he earned a state plumbing inspector's license with medical gas endorsement. After four years with the City of Amarillo as the Chief Plumbing, Mechanical and Irrigation Inspector, Rich moved to central Texas in 2017 to join the City of Austin's Development Services as a Residential Inspection Supervisor.
Rich now serves as the Division Manager for inspection and the service center, overseeing a staff of over 78 employees and an operational budget while coordinating the many demands of a large municipal entity. He maintains his state licenses as well as several ICC certification and volunteers with several professional organizations. Some of Rich's activities include being a municipal representative from a city of a population greater than 250,000 for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration advisory board, ICC 2021 Code Development committee Group A IRC Plumbing and Mechanical, Current Vice President for the Texas State Association of Plumbing Inspectors. In addition to this he is a certified instructor for the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and provides instruction for state required continuing education for licensed plumber and code classes through Association of Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Texas (APHCCTX).
Rich lives in the suburbs of Austin and spends as much time as possible with his two children and immediate family. He can often be found at a park or nature reserve with Sergeant, his German Shepherd.