Garland’s managing director of Health and Code Compliance is retiring at the end of June. Richard Briley has served the City of Garland for 28 years.
City Manager Bryan Bradford said, “Richard has worked hard to ensure that Garland residents have a safe and healthy community to call home. He has been a faithful public servant who has made a difference for Garland.”
Briley attributes the achievements during his tenure to his staff and the community itself.
“I brag to my health colleagues all the time about how inviting and friendly my Garland residents are,” said Briley. “None of the accomplishments we have made could have come close to realization without the departmental staffs I have been blessed to lead. The hard-working employees in Environmental Health, Public Health, Animal Services and Code Compliance have all functioned under the vision of being energetic and evolving to meet the needs of our citizen customers. I have truly loved every minute of working for the citizens of Garland and protecting the public health of this community.”
Briley has been active in initiating new projects to ensure vital neighborhoods; promoting public and environmental health; tracking departmental performance measures; and developing impactful public health policies. Prior to coming to Garland, Richard served five years as county sanitarian for Hunt County, Texas. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biological Sciences from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
Briley has authored or co-authored 17 journal publications related to environmental health inspection methods and public health management. His risk-based food service inspection methodology, implemented in Garland, has been adopted as the national standard used in all FDA training manuals for health inspectors across the nation. Briley also has written several opinions on environmental health policy at the request of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
He served as an elected officer in the Texas Environmental Health Association for 15 years, acting as the organization’s president in 2004. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Municipal League and as the President of the Texas Association of Municipal Health Officials.
Richard was recognized as the top health professional in the state of Texas in 2005 when he was presented with the I.E. Scott Award. He has also received the National Certificate of Merit Award as one of the top performing environmental health professionals in the United States.
Briley has been married to his wife, Sandra, for 28 years and they have two lovely daughters.
Richard was recognized earlier this year at the State Capitol by State Representative Angie Chen Button. Pictured from left to right are his daughters, Chelsea and Lacey; his wife, Sandra; Richard; and Representative Button.