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Police group backs hopeful for council seat

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POSTED July 4, 2014 1:23 a.m.

Manteca City Council hopeful Richard Silverman has been endorsed for election in November by the Manteca Police Officers’ Association.

The MPOA cited Silverman’s “experience and genuine support for public safety.”

The MPOA board commended Silverman for his fiscally conservatism while sharing the organization’s goals and beliefs about the importance of attracting and retaining quality officers who have the knowledge and understanding of the local issues.

Silverman has also earned the support of retired Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker and retired Manteca Fire Chief Chris Haas

Silverman currently serves as a member of Manteca’s Rapid Response Team, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Fire Department’s Seniors Assisting Fire Efforts (SAFE).  He also serves as a Commissioner on Manteca’s Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Commission and as a Commissioner on the San Joaquin County Commission on Aging.  Silverman has also received the endorsements of Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford and the Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Bob Elliot who currently represents Manteca.

Silverman was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 13, 1945.  He grew up in Southern California. Silverman earned his Associated Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Los Angeles City College.  He then went on to graduate cum laude in Management, receiving his Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s College.

Silverman worked for Pacific Bell / AT&T and served in a number of capacities in the Revenue 

Accounting Department serving as a billing system manager, an internal financial consultant, a systems analyst and as a programmer.  After leaving AT&T, he worked as a senior financial management consultant for Fujitsu Consulting.

In 1993, Silverman earned his license as a Certified Tax Preparer from the California Tax Education Council and worked as tax preparer for over 10 years.  He later joined Jackson Hewitt Tax Services where he has worked as a senior preparer for the past 9 years.

He is a military veteran serving in the US Naval Air Reserve from 1965-1977.  While in the Navy, he served as an Aviation Electricians Mate, and later as a Data Processing Tech for a Naval Air Intelligence unit and was honorably discharged, remaining active as a member of the American Legion and Fleet Reserve Association.

Silverman and his wife Linda have been married for over 35 years.  They have three children: Denise, Matthew and Debbie and have three grandchildren.

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