Andy Hobbs graduated from Richmond schools and, in 2014, completed a long, successful career as a Vancouver police officer. With his wife, Lynn, Andy raised three children, and the couple have recently celebrated the arrival of their first grandchild. He has served two terms on the Richmond Board of Education and is seeking your support to join Richmond City Council.
Andy’s life has been devoted to community safety. Across more than three decades in progressively responsible leadership roles as a police officer, Andy came to recognize that the quality of life Canadians enjoy is founded on peace, prosperity and stability. This foundation is something Andy cherishes and will vigilantly defend as a Richmond City Councillor.
As he progressed at the VPD, Andy’s experience and training led to senior roles as a superintendent commanding operations and personnel throughout the city. He served as the executive officer to the Chief Constable, as inspector in District One (the downtown core) and as the inspector in charge of the Traffic Section. As a former officer commanding the traffic section for the Vancouver police, Andy also understands how engineering, education and enforcement come together to protect drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. He was also the commander responsible for police responses to protests and large-scale events, such as the Celebration of Light, hockey playoffs and a host of other demonstrations and events in Vancouver. In 2011, Andy served as acting chief officer for the Metro Vancouver Transit Police during a challenging transition period. As police chief, he completed an operational review and took several initiatives to assist the agency.
Andy is a lifelong volunteer, dating back to his early years at James Thompson Elementary, J.N. Burnett Junior High and Richmond Senior Secondary, where he played volleyball and basketball. He has coached and refereed youth community sports and raised funds for cancer. Andy has served on the boards of the Richmond Kigoos Swim Club and the Richmond Community Foundation. Currently, he is a director of Tourism Richmond Board and a member of the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee, the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society, the Steveston Salmon Festival Committee and the Richmond Hospital Foundation’s Stakeholders Relations Committee.
Andy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of B.C. and has successfully completed numerous courses and training programs, including executive management, in his role with the Vancouver Police Department. In addition to several commendations he received from the VPD, in June 2011, Andy was inducted into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada. In 2013, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the community.
As an elected school trustee, Andy was involved in a wide variety of educational issues and challenges, working collaboratively toward solutions with other governments, non-governmental groups and stakeholders. Andy understands that being a City Councillor involves a great deal of work and service. His combined executive, management and supervisory experience will bring to City Council fresh ideas supported by decades of proven leadership.
Housing choice is key to affordability. Andy supports arterial densification to increase the availability of rental and condominium options for seniors, families and individuals. This sort of planning innovation is part of the answer – but not the complete answer, Andy believes. Flexibility in addressing challenges means considering smaller single-family homes on smaller, more affordable lots that will attract young people and families. Working together with all stakeholders will help Richmond encourage more purpose-built rental housing and create more community amenities such as daycare places and recreational facilities, among other assets.
Ensuring Richmond’s future is as strong and successful as its past means providing what young, growing families require: Superb schools, excellent outdoor and indoor recreational facilities, opportunities for appropriate, affordable housing, ease of access to and from work, school and play, and an even more safety and security.
While Andy’s career has been spent in law enforcement, he takes a broad, holistic perspective on public safety. Policing is a big part of public safety, but it’s not the only part, he believes. Fire and rescue, ambulances, courts and schools are all part of the solution in advancing community safety. But being prepared for seismic events is also included under public safety, as is climate change and the carbon footprints we incur.
Andy Hobbs believes strongly in value of public service. With your support, he will bring a new voice and a depth and breadth of experience to his next role as Richmond City Councillor.