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City of Richland Internet Connection Down Due to Damaged Fiber - 05/21/19

The City of Richland will not have internet service for up to 12 hours due to a damaged fiber connection. This occurred when fiber was inadvertently cut during construction on a private development project in Richland's Central Business District. 

Crews are working to replace the vault and fiber that was damaged as soon as possible. 

During the outage, the City will be unable to process credit or debit card transactions. Cash or check payments can be processed, or alternate payment arrangements can be made by calling Customer Service at 942-1104. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Richland Seeks Public Facilities District Board Member (Photo) - 05/16/19

The Richland City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on its Public Facilities District Board. The term of the appointment is four years, from July 16, 2019 through July 15, 2021. Interested citizens must submit an application and resume.

Details are available on the city’s website at or by calling the city at 942-7388. The application deadline is May 28, 2019.

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Media Invite: Richland Water Treatment to Receive an Award for Exceptional Water Quality - 05/14/19

Today, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Washington State Department of Health will be in town to present an award to Richland’s Water Treatment Facility for performing above and beyond federal water quality requirements four years in a row. Exceeding these standards means Richland is detecting contaminates beyond the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) standards or limits.

The Washington State Treatment Optimization Program or TOP recognizes surface water treatment facilities who go above and beyond federal requirements for turbidity. Turbidity is the clarity of water and it is an important factor in water quality. It is measured in nephelometric turbidity units (NTU).

The DOH Office of Drinking Water review and tracks the turbidity data submitted by systems on their monthly operations reports to ensure compliance with regulations. In addition, maximum daily turbidity values reported in the reports are entered into the Optimization Assessment Software computer program.  Using this software, they are able to rank systems according to their relative performance.

Federal NTU requirements are 1.0 and Richland has exceeded that number by 95%, achieving less than 0.1 NTU.

The performance of rapid rate filters for turbidity (particle) removal is a key element in protecting consumers from microbial contaminants and maximizing public health.

Awards Program Today

  • Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 p.m.
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • 110 Saint Street, Richland WA

Attached Media Files: top_poster.pdf
The City of Richland Selects New Chief of Police (Photo) - 05/13/19

RICHLAND — The City of Richland, WA is pleased to announce that John W. Bruce of Frisco, TX, has been selected as the City’s new Chief of Police. Bruce will follow Chief Chris Skinner, who last year accepted a position as Police Chief in Eugene, OR. The department has most recently been led by Interim Police Chief, Jeff Taylor.

The incoming Police Chief will be responsible for leading and maintaining Richland’s core values of teamwork, integrity, and excellence. The Chief will continue the high level of police services in Richland, direct operations at Benton County Emergency Services, and provide an important perspective on the City’s leadership team.

Chief Bruce has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and joins Richland after climbing the ranks within the City of Frisco, TX Police Department, where he has served since 1996. He was named Frisco Police Chief in January 2013. As Chief, he has led a department of 215 sworn personnel and 115 civilians in the fast-growing community, which boasts a population of over 185,000 residents. Like Richland, the City of Frisco is a high-quality community. Frisco was named Money Magazine’s #1 Best Place to live in the U.S. for 2018 and the Frisco Police Department is accredited through the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.

When notified of the appointment, Chief Bruce stated he was very excited to join a team of talented professionals in the Richland Police Department who share a commitment to public service and excellence. Chief Bruce added, “Richland is a first-class city in an area that is very desirable to me and my family. I have been impressed by the community and its police department. I truly look forward to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

City Manager, Cindy Reents states, “I am confident that Chief Bruce’s experience and commitment will be a good match for the City of Richland. His understanding of police leadership and community engagement, coupled with his proven track record, will be important assets for our City for years to come.”

Chief Bruce earned a BA in Sociology in 1992 and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs in 1994, both from the University of Texas at Dallas. Among other educational accomplishments, Bruce completed Session 216 of the FBI National Academy and is an alumnus of the Leadership and Command College.

In addition, Chief Bruce is committed to community involvement and participating on professional boards and organizations. He has served as an Executive Partner for the Children’s Advocacy Center since 2013.

John is an avid runner and outdoorsman. He is married to his wife, Anita, and they have two sons, who are also public safety professionals.

Subject to the successful completion of a customary background investigation and pre-employment testing, he will begin his work as Chief of Police for the City of Richland in early June 2019.

For more information regarding the City of Richland, visit

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Richland's Summer Activity Guide is Available - 05/03/19

The City of Richland’s Summer Activity & Recreation Guide is now available. Find out what community events, programs and activities are taking place now through August 2019.

To view the online catalog, visit You can also access the guide and registration information by visiting and clicking on programs and events.

Trevor White
Trevor White
City of Richland Hosts Community Open House for Police Chief Candidates (Photo) - 04/29/19

The City of Richland, WA has selected three finalists as candidates for Chief of Police. The public is invited to meet the candidates at a Police Chief Candidate Community Open House scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Richland Public Library. The informal reception will provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions, interact with the candidates, and provide feedback to City leaders. The reception will be held in the Library Gallery Room at 955 Northgate Drive.

John Bruce of Frisco, TX is the current Chief of Police of the Frisco Police Department. He has more than 24 years of law enforcement experience. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a graduate of the 216th session of the FBI National Academy. He is also a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership and Command College.

George Delgado of Des Moines, WA has been in law enforcement for 20 years. He served for almost six years as the Chief of Police for the City of Des Moines, WA before being assigned as the current Director of Emergency Management. He is a graduate of the 227th session of the FBI National Academy. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Management, Communications and Leadership from Concordia University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University.

Trevor White of Richland, WA, is a Division Commander for the Kennewick, WA Police Department. He currently serves as the Administrative Commander overseeing the budget, professional standards and accreditation. Trevor is a graduate of the 249th Session of the FBI National Academy.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. 

Following the Community Open House, the three candidates will proceed to the final round of the interview process. Nation-wide recruitment efforts have been managed by reputable executive search consultant, Ralph Andersen & Associates.

The final candidate will replace former Police Chief, Chris Skinner, who accepted a position as Police Chief in Eugene, Oregon in 2018.

For more information about the City of Richland, WA, visit

Attached Media Files: Trevor White , John Bruce , George Delgado
Richland Roundabout Art Installation on Thursday (Photo) - 04/23/19

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the two new art installations recently added to the Queensgate Drive Roundabouts. The event will acknowledge the two roundabouts, completed in South Richland last year by the City of Richland and the Washington State Department of Transportation, and will include remarks from our Parks and Public Facilities Director and the Richland Arts Commission Chair, followed by a ribbon cutting.

The event is Thursday,  April 25 at 4:00 p.m. and will be east of the roundabout on at 691 Windmill Drive off Columbia Park Trail, near the Ben Franklin Transit Park and Ride lot.

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Badger Mountain Canyon Trail Steps Being Replaced for Safety (Photo) - 04/23/19

Beginning Thursday, April 25, the City of Richland’s contractor, Allstar Construction Group, Inc., will begin replacing steps on a portion of Badger Mountain Canyon Trail, located at Trailhead Park, off Queensgate Drive and White Bluffs Street. This project will improve access to this popular hiking trail. Improvements will close this section of trail for approximately 3-4 weeks. Canyon Trail users can access the mountain using the adjacent Bypass Trail, which is less steep but adds approximately ¼-mile distance each way.

For more information, visit

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