Richard DeSpain

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Richard DeSpain, Commissioner

Appointed: 2018
Despain, Richard-LARGE
Richard DeSpain is a Lancaster resident who holds an Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Allied Health Science from the Community College of the Air Force, and an AS degree in Architectural Design from College of the Canyons. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Brandman University.  Before returning to college, DeSpain successfully led the Engineering Department in the hospitality sector, directing the hotel’s property maintenance, contracts, and facility fire safety and regulatory code compliance management.  His certifications include LAFD High-Rise Safety Director, FEMA Incident Command Systems, and memberships in AIA and ASHRAE.

DeSpain is also a retired senior non-commissioned officer of the US Air Force/139th AES NYANG reservist, where he served as a Flight Medic. He was awarded the Aerial Achievement Medal with the USAF 43rd/320th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron during Operation Enduring Freedom overseas. He also served in the US Coast Guard as a Machinery Technician on active duty. He was awarded the Arctic and Antarctic Service Medals while serving on the USCG Icebreaker’s Glacier and Polar Star. In all, he has 23 years of honorable service to his country.

DeSpain is an ongoing volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and loves participating in the construction of new homes that provide a place to live for families.  He is intrigued with how space and symmetry can influence exterior envelope façades, fenestration and energy efficiency in design with the incorporation of ZNE/LEED Green building technologies, as well as our well-being.

He and his wife Tamira have two sons, Zachary and Mitchel, and are proud grandparents of two..