Since 2002, Mr. Griffin has served the City of Frederick as Director of Economic Development. An accomplished urban planner and economic developer with 20+ years of professional planning and economic development experience, he is an accredited member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a certified Economic Developer (CEcD). A number of his projects have received national and international awards. Richard has worked at the city, county, and regional level –including as the executive director of the Downtown Frederick Partnership, Program Manager of Comprehensive Planning for Loudoun County, Virginia, Regional Planner for the Appalachian Council of Governments, and on the staff of US Representative James McClure Clarke (11th NC).
A former enlisted serviceman and Army Officer, Mr. Griffin was the honor graduate of his basic training class at Fort Knox and served as part of the elite 11th Armored Cavalry in Fulda, Germany. While there, he competed in NATO Boselager Cavalry Competition as a member of the award-winning ’84 U.S. Team. Later, he received his commission from the ROTC program at Western Carolina University and served for several years as an Armor Officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard.
Mr. Griffin holds degrees from Western Carolina University where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholarship finalist and Clemson University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. and the Fort Detrick Alliance, and recently served as President of the Maryland Downtown Development Association (2008-2009).
Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, he and his wife Lynne and three sons live in historic downtown Frederick.