Leadership: Safety Committee Chair
Term: January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013
Richard joined Council in 2010 and has served as the Chair of the former Water & Sewer Committee [current Service Committee] (2010-11), Chair of the Finance & Judiciary Committee (2012-13) and President of Council (2014-15).
Richard has championed infrastructure improvements in streets, alleys, water and sewer lines while interest rates were low, encouraged Main Street, Cassady Ave and Livingston Avenue improvements & business development, developed alternative revenue streams to the City through contractor registration advertising fees, and passage of the Hotel, Motel, Bed & Breakfast tax [in its first year of collection is financing the City’s direct financial contribution to the Bexley Celebrations Association in support of the annual July 4th Festivities] At the same time, he has been consistent in fighting to set aside additional resources into the Budget Stability (Rainy Day) and Capital Improvement Funds.
As Finance Chair, in conjunction with the generous financial support by residents on the revenue side and the hard work of the City’s employees in containing costs on the expense side, the City had its first balanced budget in recent years without the benefit of one time estate tax receipts.
As President of Council, while much of his term as President of Council was dictated by unexpected events and issues thrust upon Council to address, Richard fostered a sense of openness, diversity of thought and increased transparency during Council meetings that encouraged resident participation in meetings that previously had little resident attendance.
Richard is the founder and owner of The (Bexley) BEAT shuttle service. His prior professional experience was Controller with Mason Supply Co (1990-2002), and a CPA with Norman, Jones, Enlow CPA Firm (1984-1989). Richard earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in 1984, and Masters in Business Administration from Capital University in 1991
Richard and his wife Debbie, have lived in South Bexley since 1988. Son, Adam (Bexley HS 2008, Miami University 2012), will shortly graduate with a Master’s Degree from Yale University Divinity School. Daughter Abigail (Bexley HS 2013) is a Junior at High Point University, High Point NC, majoring in Biology/Psychology, with plans for a career in pediatrics.
Richard and his family are active members of Bexley United Methodist Church, and previously operated a corn-maze at his father’s ancestral farm outside of Sugar Grove Ohio.