Council Member at Large
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Administration and Staff Restructuring Plan
The City Council voted down Mayor Clay Madden’s staff restructuring proposal at the regular City Council meeting on April 22, 2021, killing the idea of a director of administration post — for now — while giving the mayor a promise to work with him moving forward. This happened while Kreller was out on medical leave.
Danielson voted against the ordinance. He told the mayor that when the two first talked about the idea of a restructuring ordinance, he was under the impression it would have more specifics.
“When we first talked, I really felt the plan should provide all of those details… the who, what, when, where, why, and how much. And we never really got that.” He told the mayor he would need to see more details.
Danielson did, however, reassure the mayor that he has the support of the council moving forward. “You have an incredible team. You have five council members that will do anything to work with you and your team.”
He concluded by echoing the positions of Zuckerman and McGuire, that he would be willing to support a contracts and grants manager only. “I do not see the need — right now — for a director of administration position, as it’s been laid out.”
Elected to office
Rick Danielson was elected Council Member at Large in the July 11, 2020, primary vote where he was the top vote getter, leading the field of three with 44.94%.
Mandeville has two at-large council seats, being awarded to the first- and second-place vote getters, regardless of the size of the field of candidates.
In his own words
Rick Danielson graduated from Mandeville High School in 1988. After finishing graduate school, Rick was commissioned in the United States Air Force, serving our country for over nine years on active duty and achieving the rank of Major.
During his military career, Rick deployed oversees in support of multiple operations to include Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Northern Watch.
In 2004, Rick returned to Mandeville. Professionally, Rick is a senior financial advisor at a national brokerage firm in Mandeville. In 2012, Rick was first elected to the Mandeville City Council as Councilman-at-Large.
In addition, Rick represented the City of Mandeville in 2013 – 2014 on the St. Tammany Parish Office of Inspector General Task Force, serving as the Chairman of this 24-member body.
Rick has always been passionate about serving his community and is actively involved on boards and committees with several local non-profit and community service organizations.
Currently, Rick serves on the Board of Commissioners for Recreation District #1 / Pelican Park, and is the Special Advisor to the Board of Directors for the Northshore Kiwanis Club of Mandeville.
In addition, Rick is a member of the Board of Trustees for Lakeview Regional Medical Center, and the Louisiana Chapter of the HeartGift Foundation. Previously, Rick was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the St. Tammany Economic Development District, was the Vice President for Membership of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Northshore Business Council.
In 2006, Rick graduated from the Leadership St. Tammany Program. Rick served on the Leadership St. Tammany Board of Trustees from 2006 – 2010 and had the honor of serving as the Chairperson of the Board from 2008 – 2009. In addition, Rick is a distinguished past president of the Northshore Kiwanis Club and Division 13 Lieutenant Governor.
Additionally, for over 20 years, Rick enjoyed volunteer coaching for various youth sports in St. Tammany Parish beginning in 1985. Rick was recognized as the 2014 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year. Rick and his wife Stephanie have five children between the ages of 17 and 25.