Prior to serving on Council he served as a member of the Pinellas Park Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee and the City of Pinellas Park Board of Adjustment.
Since taking office, he has represented the City on a variety of countywide boards such as the:
- Affordable Housing Committee
- Personal Enrichment Mental Health Services (PEMHS)
- Pinellas County 1906 Committee
- Pinellas County Economic Development Council
- Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
He is past President of the Suncoast League of Cities and is currently on the Florida State Homeless Leadership Board as Treasurer, the Florida League of Cities Urban Administration Committee and serves as Ex-Officio on the Pinellas Park Boys and Girls Club Unit Advisory Council. In 2017, Councilman Butler was appointed by the Governor of Florida to the Juvenile Welfare Board. He is also involved with Celebrate Pinellas Park, Inc. (non-profit organization that organizes the Pinellas Park Holiday Parade).
Rick has been a driving force in our community for more than thirty years. He is a past president of the Pinellas Park / Gateway Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Pinellas Park, the Pinellas Park Boys and Girls Club and Celebrate Pinellas Park, Inc. He has also served on numerous boards throughout the community including the Columbia (now HCA) Northside Hospital Board of Trustees, the Pinellas Park Equity Study Commission, the Pinellas Park Art Society and the St. Giles Emergency Food Pantry.
Rick has received many awards over the years including the Citizen of the Year Award in 1991, the Key to the City, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Golden Boy Award for Service, the Kiwanis Club’s George Hixon Fellowship Award, the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce Loyd Tingler Good Government Award and the PEMHS PACE Award for Outstanding Service in Government Affairs and Homeless Leadership Network 2010 Community Leadership Award.
Employment, Hobbies & Family
Rick has owned and operated Rick Butler Realty for over thirty years and is a life-long resident of the City of Pinellas Park. In his spare time Rick enjoys riding his motorcycle and working on various other projects in his garage. Rick and his wife, Carol have one son Ricky, four dogs, two cats and one rabbit.