Rear Admiral Richard Timme serves as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy and is responsible for the development of national policy, standards, and programs promoting Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Stewardship. Three Directorates carry out the mission: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. Programs include waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control.

He recently served as the Coast Guard’s Budget Director where he was responsible for the formulation and justification of the Coast Guard’s $12 billion budget. Duties included advising senior leadership on all resource issues, and coordinating with DHS, OMB and Congress for budget and resource issues.

His operational experience includes serving as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley where he worked with federal, state and local government agencies to carry out Coast Guard missions. He was also the Captain of the Port and Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh, and during the 2010 DEEPWATER HORIZON oil spill response, served as a Deputy Incident Commander and Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representative.

Additional assignments include program reviewer in the Office of Budget and Programs; Chief of Planning at Marine Safety Office Tampa; Chief of Port Operations at Marine Safety Office Portland, ME; Supervisor, Resident Inspection Office St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Office New Orleans. He also served as a Deck Watch Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter MELLON, and at the Department of Justice’s El Paso Intelligence Center.

Rear Admiral Timme served as a Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow, and holds master degrees from the National War College in National Security Strategy and from the George Washington University in Public Administration. He is a 1991 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Government. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and a Coast Guard Type 1 Incident Commander.

A Connecticut native, his awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, and various unit awards.