Parish President Rick Nowlin is pleased to report that the Parish Council has approved the appointment of Mr. John Richmond as the new Director of Public Works. As Director, Mr. Richmond will be responsible for all activities of the highway and solid waste departments. He is expected to begin his service with the Parish in early January.
Mr. Richmond is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, and has lived in Natchitoches approximately seven years. During the past year-and-a-half, John has been employed by Regional Construction, LLC., a local road building company, where he managed road construction projects across Louisiana. Prior to moving to Natchitoches, John was employed as a Vice President with Shaw/CBI where he was responsible for oversight of construction and finance with budgets of more that 1.4 billion. Mr. Richmond earned a degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Louisiana Tech University and a Master’s degree in business administration from LSU.
Mr. Richmond was appointed to the position following the advertisement of the opening on three separate occasions over the past year. Interviews were conducted with qualified candidates and he was the unanimous choice of the interview committee. His combination of education, work history and knowledge of construction activities and his supervisory experience made him the right choice.
Mr. Earl Townsend has been serving as the interim director while the Parish sought a new director. He will continue with the Parish for a temporary period to assist Mr. Richmond as he takes over the department. Mr. Townsend previously served the Parish as the director until his retirement in 2013.
The Parish is pleased to appoint Mr. Richmond as our new Director of Public Works and are confident that he will lead the department with distinction.