“I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Commissioner Rick Richardson,” Barnett said. “He was a dedicated commissioner who represented his constituents with honor and integrity. He will be greatly missed by his fellow commissioners and the county’s elected officials.”
Richardson was elected in 2018 to represent the county’s 8th District, which includes the Harold McCormick and high school precincts. As a member of the county commission, Richardson served as chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee as well as a member the Financial Management, Rules and Bylaws, Health and Welfare, and Law Enforcement committees.
Richardson was also a former employee of the Johnson City Press. He worked in the Advertising Department from May 1978 to October 2014. Most of his work was centered on Elizabethton and Carter County.
Richardson is especially remembered by the Elizabethton High School Class of 1973. Richardson was senior class president of a class that included such individuals as Joe Alexander, Dale Fair, Ron Scalf, and many others. Alexander said Richardson was selected as “most school spirited” served as editor of the high school annual his senior year and edited the “Betsy Reflector” school newspaper.
“He was also a loyal supporter of the Elizabethton Twins and the Tennessee Volunteers,” Alexander said. “he also loved roses and knew everything about growing them.”