As the second youngest of six children born and raised in Southern California, Richard “Rick” Rodriguez Sr. knew early in life that Downey is where he would raise his family. Growing up, Rick saw at an early age that almost anything could be achieved through hard work. He watched his mother and father work low paying jobs, often two or three at a time, to make ends meet. Later, he and his wife Lupe displayed that same hard work mentality, working several jobs to support a young family of their own. It was during this time that Rick developed a strong connection to his faith, his family, and his country. As time went on, work would often take him away from home for months at a time. Throughout the ‘90s, he worked various domestic and international security assignments. Naturally, this had an impact on his family life and in 1996, Rick and Lupe decided to take a leap of faith that would forever change the direction of their family.
Together Rick and Lupe started Rodbat Management Inc. (RMI), a privately held, Southern California based corporation. Setting out, their mission was to develop a professional security organization that would provide clients with quality security services. They also wanted to afford their employees opportunity for growth and development, both personal and professional. Rick and Lupe’s many years of hard work gave them a perspective that would later pay dividends in helping them achieve these goals. Today RMI operates in 18 states, 3 countries and has provided for over 1000 employees.
While Rick and Lupe have reached great heights through their professional lives, it is through their passion to help others that gives them their greatest enjoyment. In 2014 they established the Living Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization, that benefits returning Combat Veterans and their families. Living Tree looks for ways to help veterans by providing job training, housing and arranging therapy dogs for those in need of assistance. Rick and Lupe are dedicated to serving their community. It is this unwavering commitment to getting things done that has brought success to their family and is still driving him to take on new challenges.
Rick has always believed that it is vital to be able to help your community and he has been active in many leadership roles. He has proudly served as Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Committee for the City of Downey, Past-President of the Downey Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Street Faire Committee Chairman, Past-President of Gangs Out of Downey (G.O.O.D.), and currently serves as Law Enforcement Chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Our community has a rich history and Rick wants to bring his strong leadership skills to the city that he loves. He is committed to bringing his passion, business skills and dedication to the City of Downey.
Inter-Government Committees Boards, City Standing Subcommittees, Ad Hoc Subcommittees
- California Contract Cities Association (CCCA)
- Eco Rapid Transit
- Interstate 5 Consortium Cities Joint Powers Authority (I-5)
- Los Angeles County Consolidated Oversight Board (COB) for the Fourth Supervisorial District
- South East Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) Board
- Downtown Subcommittee
- Firefighters Memorial Project
- Homeless Subcommittee
- Stay Gallery
- Veterans Subcommittee
Downey Civic and Community Involvement
- Chaplin Los Angeles County Sheriff Department-Lakewood Station
- Courage Forward Veterans Non-Profit
- Kiwanis Morning Rancho Los Amigos Group
- Living Tree Foundation - Founder
- US Army Board of Advisor Los Angeles Battalion
Term in Office
December 2016 - December 2020
City of Downey
11111 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241