Reverend Gerald P. Richard II, Esq. serves as pastor of Murph Community A.M.E. Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He has served as chair of the Legal Ministry and State of the Country Committee for the 129th and 130th A.M.E. 5th District Annual Conferences. He is a former member of the 5th District’s Judicial Committee and sexual misconduct instructor for the Women Missionary Society for the District.
Rev. Richard is presently the Assistant Director for the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Division of Child Support Services. He a member of the Department of Justice, Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) Collaborative Reform Initiative Team focusing on the Salinas, California police department. He recently served on the IIR After-Action Assessment Team for Ferguson, Missouri; and on the Collaborative Reform Initiative Team for Salinas, California Police Department.
He retired after serving as Assistant to the Chief of Police of the Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department. He was responsible for overseeing the Phoenix Police Training Academy and the Employment Services Bureau as well as department leadership development and training. He was also responsible for implementing recommendations submitted by the Community Engagement and Outreach Task Force and community advisory boards, overall police and community relations, and legislative issues.
Previously, Mr. Richard served the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as a Special Policy Advisor for Law Enforcement. His experience includes positive and proactive police/community development, negotiations, and resolutions; passive and large-scaled, highly charged controversial demonstrations; public safety and emergency management; local, regional, and federal planning; corporate communications; intra- and intergovernmental relations; grant oversight; community-oriented crime prevention and intervention services; and other core public services He is an experienced litigator, arbitrator, and legal advisor for local, state, federal, community, and faith-based organizations. He has extensive experience serving as adjunct faculty/guest lecturer. He is a member or past member of numerous professional associations, boards, and commissions.
He has been married for over 30 years and has two beautiful daughters whom he fondly refers to as his heart and his soul.