Born in Crestview Florida, Ricky A. Horst was raised by parents who taught the value of a good work ethic and instilled a desire for public service.
Following graduation from Okaloosa Walton Community College with an Arts degree in Music Education, Horst served a two-year church service mission in Canada before completing his formal education at Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Recreation Management and Community Resource Development. Some years later, he completed course work toward a Master in Public Administration Degree at Troy State University.
Horst possesses over 30 years of successful management and leadership experience in the field of public administration with over 25 years of service in the position of City Manager. Horst is a credentialed City Manager, certified with the International City/County Management Association.
Married for nearly 40 years to Cynthia, they have six children and twelve grandchildren.