Sep 30, 2014 7:52 PM
Dick Dickerson, former Redding Mayor, and major political figure and community leader in Shasta County has died.
The North State isn't mourning Dick Dickerson -- tonight, they're remembering him as a hard-hitting and humorous man who did all he could for the community.
"Dick epitomized everything a public servant should be...he was wise...experienced...ethical..."
Dickerson served almost a decade as the head of the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force.
He was then elected to serve a four-year term as a Shasta County Board of Supervisor in the early 90's.
Following that stint, Dickerson was elected to the California State Assembly, and also served on the Redding City Council.
The 77-year old was most recently the chair of the Board of Directors for the Youth Violence Prevention Council in Shasta County.
Dickerson was well-known for his advocacy for Veterans' rights in the North State and his "no-nonsense" approach in the political realm.
"He had a good sense of humor...he was a straight shooter."
"He had a great mind...he knew how to analyze things well...he always had the North State in his heart and at the top of his list for making sure our community could be the best it could be."
Dickerson was diagnosed with Leukemia back in March and passed away yesterday evening.
A close colleague of Dickerson says his wife Betty doesn't have immediate plans for a funeral, but intends to have a gathering to celebrate his life instead.