Meet Rick Carper, P.E.

Deeply Rooted in Atlantic Beach

“It has been my great honor to serve as Atlantic Beach’s Public Works Director for more than 10 years. This service, coupled with my Navy experiences, has prepared me to take the next step in the leadership of our great city.”

Rick Carper, Candidate for Atlantic Beach Seat 1, Mayor

During his command tour in the Navy, Rick and his wife Joan, and their two children moved to Naval Station Mayport in 1994. After his retirement from the Navy in 1997, they moved to Atlantic Beach and have called it home since. Rick would go on to serve our city as Atlantic Beach Public Works Director & City Engineer for 10 years.

“Today, I’m running for mayor to invest even more in our shared future. With the significant challenges of sea level rise and a warming climate resulting in more severe storms ahead of us, I believe my engineering background and experiences will result in improved preparedness and outcomes for the City.”

A History of Leadership

Rick Carper's Navy Command Headshot

A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Rick qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and served in the Navy Nuclear Power Program for more than 20 years. He served on multiple Naval warships and held increasingly demanding and responsible positions, including as Executive Officer of the USS South Carolina (CGN-37) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Other assignments included service on the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board and as Chief of Staff in the Office of Naval Research.

He assumed command of the USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) at Naval Station New York in April 1994.  The next month, the ship began a two month deployment to Northern Europe as part of the annual BALTOPS exercise. Following this exercise, the Perry arrived in Mayport as it’s new homeport.  During Rick’s Command tour, Oliver Hazard Perry also deployed to the Caribbean operating area for Operation Support Democracy which restored the rightfully elected President of Haiti to office. 

After his command tour, Rick became the first Regional Maintenance Coordinator at Regional Support Group Mayport (now Southeast Regional Maintenance Center). Here, he would pioneer the role by researching available assets and providing informational briefs on the maintenance capabilities of Navy surface, submarine, and air activities to reduce overlap, share resources, and improve efficiency.

Preparing For Atlantic Beach’s Future

Rick holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in Mechanical Engineering. His prudent nature and his training in engineering helped him with a career ensuring safety and readiness for the Navy, and later the City of Atlantic Beach.

Following his retirement from the Navy, Rick began training as a civil engineer, working mostly on roadway and drainage projects, including the Wonderwood Connector. In 2004, after earning his professional engineer license, Rick became the Public Works Director & City Engineer for the City of Atlantic Beach, a role he would hold for the next 10 years. He served as the City’s Project Manager for numerous significant infrastructure improvements, including:

  • Addition of Medians to Mayport Road
  • Royal Palms Drainage Improvements
  • Creation of Hopkins Creek Regional Stormwater Pond
  • Creation of Hopkins Creek Dog Park
  • Improvements to Beaches Veterans Memorial Park
  • Enacting an Annual Street Resurfacing Program

After retiring from the City of Atlantic Beach, Rick formed his own engineering company, Carper Engineering; which focused on stormwater drainage plans for single family residential properties in Atlantic and Jacksonville Beaches.

Carper Engineering Logo

He continued to work in a support role, consulting for the city, including a stint as acting City Engineer during a gap in City manning.  More recently, he has been working part-time as a Project Manager for Edwards Engineering.

“I am proud of our city, appreciate how our past leaders have worked to maintain our wonderful lifestyle, and excited about the opportunities we have for an even greater future. As your mayor, I want to continue making Atlantic Beach a city we all love to call home. Let’s Shore Up Atlantic Beach!

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“I love Atlantic Beach. It’s where my family calls home. That’s why almost every day I declare this is another wonderful day in paradise.”

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