Mr. Jack L. Richie, County Commissioner - District 4. Guest speaker. Mr. Richie was first elected to the Highlands County Commission, District 4 in 2010 and subsequently re-elected to a second term in 2014. Mr. Richie serves as Chairman on the Highlands County Insurance Committee. Mr. Richie is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and served as crew chief/flight engineer for four years from 1952 -1956 during the Korean War era. He spent years serving on the Highlands County Veterans Service Council and currently as a liaison on the Veteran's Services Advisory Board. He worked diligently to obtain the government grant that funded the current Veteran’s Service Office on George Blvd.
Mr. Richie, originally from Michigan, chose to become a Floridian in 1958 when he married and settled in Dade County to raise his family. Mr. Richie vacationed in Highlands County for many years and developed a strong love for the area. He bought his first home here in 1985 and commuted from Highlands County to his Richie & Associates, Inc. offices in Miami and Tampa. Richie & Associates, Inc. was an insurance distribution Master General Agency. He completed the American College of Life Underwriters 5-year program and received the Chartered Life Underwriter (C.L.U.) degree in 1973. Mr. Richie began volunteering in Highlands County in 1987. He built his current home here in 1995 and established residency in Highlands County.
Mr. Richie’s accomplishments include leading the effort to allow the Town of Lake Placid to take responsibility for the water Systems in Tomoka Heights and Highway Park. He also chaired the Highlands County Homeowner Association from 2001 – 2010 and learned the ins and out of working with government. He was part of the Sun N Lake Fire Service Task Force and then the President of the sun N Lakes South Volunteer Fire District, during the time they went from a fire barn to a modern Fire Station with new equipment funded through the special district. Mr. Richie received the 2012 Dal Hall Government Award from the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce. He is the Immediate Past President of the Lake Placid Morning Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He has achieved the Certified and Advanced County Commissioner designation through the Florida Association of Counties.
As Commissioner for the last eight years, Mr. Richie has continued in his quest to make Highlands County the very best it can be for all who live in our great county. He feels that his business training and experience in negotiating and creating win/win solutions is one of his strong attributes. One of his goals is to see the county run like a well-oiled business in the most efficient way possible. He would very much like the opportunity to continue to serve and to build on his strong record of positive accomplishments. Mr. Richie is a candidate for re-election to the Highlands County Commission, District 4 and would appreciate your support and your vote..