Rick Heumann is a 37-year Chandler resident with a prolific background in community service and civic engagement. The former Chandler Vice Mayor and Councilmember served on the City Council from 2008-2016.
Additionally, he has served in a number of appointed capacities on both the local and regional levels, including six years on the Board of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association where he held the longest tenured position as the association’s president at two and a half years. He also served six years on the Regional Public Transportation Association’s Board of Directors.
Rick is the current chairperson of the City of Chandler Planning and Zoning Commission. In all, he has served 10-plus years on the commission, serving in the past as both chair and vice chair of the advisory body to the City Council on critical planning issues and development. As a member of the City’s Parks and Recreation Board he helped to implement a vital rate policy to protect residents continued use of recreational amenities and programs while keeping fees among the lowest in the Valley.
In 2006 he was chosen to co-chair the Citizen’s Bond Committee, successfully overseeing a citywide campaign – approved by voters — for $450 million in critical bond funding for future city projects.
Other local boards and committees he has served on include the Chandler Jewish Community Center, Desert Cancer Foundation, Chandler Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, Chandler Education Foundation Finance Committee and the Park Promenade Homeowners Association with a 23-year tenure that included several years as president.
During his two-term tenure on the City Council, Rick was deeply involved in many critical issues including water, parks and recreation and education. He was integral in helping to develop key policies that ensure residents will have an assured supply of drinking water for the next 100 years through the purchase of future water rights and other restricted use policies.
An avid cyclist, Rick has worked to enhance bike safety through improvements to Frye Road and other major thoroughfares and aided in the addition of multi-use lanes along the new western addition of the Loop 202 Freeway. During the Great Recession, he insisted that city sponsored swim lessons for children remain free, and that libraries be kept open longer through creative staffing and other adjustments. He also advocated for additional recreational amenities and park upgrades throughout his time on Council.
During his Council tenure he created the Chandler Education Coalition, that led to the creation of the popular Chandler Science Spectacular technology festival. He was also integral in working with the Coalition to develop the Read On Chandler early stage literacy campaign to fruition. His work in education and the partnerships he forged between the City and local districts also earned him honors from the Arizona Schools Public Relations Association.
During the many challenging years of the Recession, Rick worked with Chandler’s executive team and his fellow councilmembers to ensure no municipal employee furloughs or layoffs, while keeping city services and programs at satisfactory levels. Other successes during his time on Council include the implementation of electronic plan review, policies to enhance more local purchases that support local companies and a policy to protect families of any member of city public safety staff killed in the line of duty.
Rick has worked as a sales manager for CMA, a manufacturer’s representative group supporting companies in the gift and home furnishings industry throughout the western United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Arizona State University. He is married to his wife Julie of 36 years. Their daughter, Dr. Kristin Heumann, is an associate professor of kinesiology at Colorado Mesa University.