Rick McGowan – Security Chief

Rick loves interacting with The Museum staff and visitors. It is a pleasure to see the eyes of the guests, especially children, light up as they experience what The Museum has to offer. Rick also says he works with some of the most caring people he has ever met.

Title: Security Chief

Year Hired: 2013

Experience: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class, ret.; facilities police sergeant, West Center Georgia Regional Hospital; Area Loss Prevention Manager, Parisians Department Stores; Director of Mall Security, Peachtree Mall

Education: Military Police School; Military Police Investigations School; Basic Non-commissioned Officer’s Course; Advanced Military Police Non-commissioned Officer’s Academy; Georgia Police Academy; American Military University

Email: rmcgowan@columbusmuseum.com Phone: 706-748-2562 ext. 214



  • Numerous Military metals/ribbons culminating with the Meritorious Service Medal upon retirement


  • Gold Recruiting Badge


  • New Recruiter of the Year for the Detroit Area, 1983


  • Honor Graduate Basic Non-commissioned Officer’s Course


  • Honor Graduate Georgia Police Academy


  • Loss Prevention Manager of the Year (Southeast), 2002



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