He's been building cars all his life. He started out refurbishing 4-wheel drives and has moved on to just about every type of vehicle since - Toyotas, Fords, Cameros, Caddys. He's rebuilt a '66 Chevelle, a '50 Bel Aire, and a '47 Diamond T.
Whatever the current trend in cars, Greg Richardson is there.
Six years ago, after completing work on his shop, Richardson, who works on the maintenance staff at CRCC, saw the rat rod scene coming up. A rat rod has a distinctive, unfinished look that plays on the styles of earlier eras, usually early hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s, and early-1960s
In six years, he's built 30 of these customized throwbacks.
He's sold a few, not because he's put them on the market, but by word of mouth. His camel toeing model is one-of-a-kind. It's been featured in magazines and is all over the Internet.
"I enjoy the shit out of it," says Richardson, who is currently working on a custom 48 Harley for a women in the Tri-Cities. His customers do as well. Many are willing to pay big bucks for Richardson's creative handiwork.
Check out some examples below:
Ricardo Espinoza standing outside of CRCC. He hopes his story will resonate with votes who work for DOC.
Ricardo Espinoza’s entry into politics started with a concern over public education. “I’ve always been a huge advocate for education,” he professes to Teamsters Local 117 Political Coordinator Dustin Lambro as they discussed his campaign in a meeting room at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.
Ricardo has worked as a financial analyst in the business office at CRCC since October of 2012. Prior to working at CRCC, he served in the Marine Corps and has spent time at the Hanford Site. He also served on the Pasco School Board for 10 years, where he advocated for students and teachers.
Now he is running as a Republican against incumbent state representative Terry Nealey in the 16th Legislative District. He knows it will be an uphill battle to unseat the incumbent, but he believes that his emphasis on education and veteran’s issues, along with his background in DOC will resonate with voters.
After hearing endless frustrations from people over the dysfunctionality in Olympia, he decided to run with a promise to build consensus. “I started talking to people and seeing the frustrations that regular taxpayers have, so I decided to run,” Ricardo says.Read more
Officer Jerry Wonders stands with his coworkers at CRCC
Officer Jerry Wonders is a bit of a legend at DOC. He’s served the citizens of our state for 25 years, 19 at the prison complex in Monroe and another 6 at Coyote Ridge.
“That man does everything by the book – his integrity is second to none,” said fellow CRCC officer Kellon Cunningham.
Jerry got his start at the Department after joking about swapping jobs with a gate officer at Twin Rivers. He was driving truck at the time, delivering steel to the prison. “I thought if I worked at the prison for a while, I could spend more time with my wife and kids,” he said.
Throughout his career, Jerry has mentored many of his co-workers and generously shared his knowledge and his experiences.
Given Jerry’s level of respect at the DOC, many of his peers were angry when he wasn’t invited to an awards ceremony to receive his 25-year service pin. He didn’t even know he was slated to be recognized until a sergeant handed him the pin later that day.Read more
Officer and Shop Steward Brett Clinton of CRCC at the fire station in Connell
For 27 years, Officer Brett Clinton has been giving back to his community.
Not only does he serve and protect the citizens of our state through his work at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, he has been as a volunteer firefighter since high school.
Clinton is part of a team of 19 volunteers for the city of Connell and 50 for Franklin County. He and his fellow volunteers respond 24/7 to emergencies and incidents of all sorts.
In May, he was called out at least 8 times. He dealt with a brush fire, a leaking propane tank, and served as a backup driver on an ambulance run.Read more