Position: Council Seat 7
Term(s): Elected 04-01-09 to 03-31-13
Re-elected: 04-01-13 to 03-31-17
Phone: (850) 862-4004
Dick Rynearson has lived in Fort Walton Beach since 1981. A native of Ohio, he graduated from Kent State University in 1967 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Technology.
Dick served 11 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot and missile test engineer. He served a tour in Vietnam as a C-7A aircraft commander/instructor pilot, and two tours on Guam as a B-52G aircraft commander flying missions over Southeast Asia.
His combat service resulted in being awarded the Air Medal with seven oakleaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Silver Star.
In 1978 Dick joined Hughes Aircraft Company/Raytheon as a missile systems test engineer. He also worked in new business development before being promoted to site manager of the company’s Eglin AFB based air-to-air missile test team.
In 1995 he earned a Master’s Degree in Business from Troy University.
Dick retired from Raytheon in 2005. Dick’s wife, Janey, is the owner of PS Gifts in Fort Walton Beach.
They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren, and are members of the Trinity Methodist Church.
Board & Committee Appointments:
Mayor Pro Tem
Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board
Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization
CRA Board of Commissioners 04-01-13 to 03-31-17 (Appointed by City)