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Richard Sharp, Member of Council

Leadership: Recreation and Parks
Term: January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021
Contact: rsharp@bexley.org

Richard joined Council in 2010 and is currently Chair of the Recreation & Parks Committee, and previously 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), Chair of Safety Committee (2016-17).

Throughout his tenure, Richard has fostered a sense of openness, diversity of thought and increased transparency during Council meetings that encouraged increased resident participation in meetings;  championed leveraging the City’s road and alley fund for infrastructure improvements in streets, alleys, water and sewer lines financed with grants and zero interest State Loan programs;  encouraged Main Street, Cassady Ave and Livingston Avenue improvements & business development;  encouraged collaborative efforts with neighboring municipalities and neighborhoods;  supported the City Arboretum designation and program growth;  developed several alternative revenue streams for the City;  and consistently advocated setting aside additional resources into the Budget Stability (Rainy Day) and Capital Improvement Funds. 

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, are active members of Bexley United Methodist Church, and have lived in South Bexley since 1988.  Son, Adam (Bexley HS 2008, Miami University 2012, Yale Divinity School 2016) and daughter Abigail (Bexley HS 2013, High Point University 2017) both remain Bexley residents and work in the Columbus metro area.