H. Edward Ricks was elected to his fifth City Council term on November 1, 2011, from Ward 1 and was sworn in to office on November 28, 2011. Mr. Ricks previously served four consecutive terms on the City Council from 1980 to 1988, serving as President pro tem in 1982 and President in 1984.
Mr. Ricks was born and raised in Laurel. He is retired from the Family Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Mr. Ricks is a life member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad. Mr. Ricks served as Chairman of the Emergency Services Commission until his election to the City Council; Chairman of the City of Laurel and Prince George’s County Fire and Rescue Convention Planning Committee in 2011; Chairman of the Mayor’s City of Laurel Election Reform Ad Hoc Committee in 2010. He has also served on the City of Laurel Planning Commission, City of Laurel Board of Appeals and the City of Laurel Public Safety Committee. Mr. Ricks has served as the Chairman of the State of Maryland Legislative Scholarship Committee representing Delegate Barbara Frush; and has worked with the Laurel Police Department DARE Program, the Maryland Special Olympics, the Laurel Lions Club and the Laurel Rotary Club.