Terry Christensen was elected to the Richland City Council in 2011, re-elected to a second term in 2015, and selected Mayor Pro Tem in 2016 and again in 2018.
Raised in Richland, Terry has life-long ties in the community. His professional experience includes a degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University and over 35 years of finance and business management experience. Terry retired from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2011.
Terry has been involved with numerous community projects over the years. He served on the Richland Parks & Recreation Commission for 10 years (5 years as Chairman and 3 years as Vice-Chairman), 25 years with the Tri-City Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association, the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau Sports Council, the Richland Rod and Gun Club, the City of Richland Tourism Committee, and the Richland High School Bomber Boosters.
Terry’s liaison assignments for 2016-2017 included: Economic Development Committee, Utility Advisory Committee, Port of Benton, Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ben Franklin Transit Board of Directors, Benton County 2060 Affordable Housing Steering Committee, Benton County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Energy Communities Alliance. He also served as an alternate on the Emergency Operations Board, Code Enforcement Board, Fireman’s Pension Board, Police Pension Board, and the Port of Kennewick.
Past year’s liaison duties have included: being on the Board of Directors of Ben Franklin Transit, Benton County 2060 Affordable Housing Steering Committee, the Richland Code Enforcement Board, the Port of Benton, Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and the Energy Communities Alliance. He also served on the Council Assignments Committee and as an alternate liaison to the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Port of Kennewick, Business License Reserve Committee, Economic Development Committee, and the Richland Seniors Association.
In his spare time, Terry continues to volunteer as a coach and officer with the Tri-Cities Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association as well as boating on the river and camping with family.