Richard began his career in 1991 as an engineering technician with the Illinois Department of Transportation. After receiving his civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois in May of 2000, he
began employment with the Macon County Highway Department. Richard was appointed Coles County Engineer in January of 2007.
Established on December 25, 1830, Coles County originally included all of Douglas and Cumberland Counties. It is named after the second governor of the State of Illinois.