Captain Richard L. Cashdollar, USCG, Retired


CAPTAIN Richard L. Cashdollar, USCG (Ret)

During his first career, Captain Cashdollar served twenty-six years of active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard.  His tours of duty included operational commands afloat and ashore, as well as sensitive political and diplomatic assignments with the State Department, the Justice Department, the Office of the Vice President, and the Executive Office of the President. He developed and supervised an eleven-agency Intelligence Fusion Center responsible for all tactical drug intelligence in the Caribbean during the height of the drug war in the mid-eighties, and served as Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Group headquartered in Mobile for a three-year tour of duty from 1990 to 1993.  He is an expert in Coast Guard operations, and held a Top Secret security clearance with special background investigation.

During his second career, he served over eleven years as Executive Director of Public Safety for the City of Mobile, AL.  He was responsible for Mobile’s Police and Fire-Rescue Departments, supervising two professional Chiefs with over 1,100 sworn first responders. He also oversaw Municipal Court and Animal Control departments for the City, and served three terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency. Under his guidance at EMA, the organization adopted Incident Command and developed an active Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force in an environment that coordinated the activities of over 50 agencies in an all-threat environment – five years before these command and control initiatives were mandated by the Department of Homeland Security in the National Response Plan.

Director Cashdollar is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and holds a Master’s Degree (with high honors) in Business Administration from the University of Miami. He is a graduate of the FBI Academy’s National Executive Institute, Class XVII. He served as Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Standing Public Safety Director’s Committee for three terms, as a member of IACP’s Homeland Security Committee, and as IACP’s representative to the Homeland Security Consortium for two years. He currently serves as Major Cities Chiefs representative to the Homeland Security Consortium, and as their representative to DHS for several developing projects.