Ric was born in Haliburton, Ontario on November 4th, 1965 and grew up in the Village of Minden. Ric graduated from Archie Stouffer Elementary School and later Haliburton Highlands Secondary School. During his adolescence, Ric participated in many organized sports and community organizations. It was during this time that he began his municipal career with the Incorporated Townships of Anson, Hinden, and Minden at the age of fifteen. Entering the municipal field as a labourer, Ric spent six summer seasons with Anson, Hinden, and Minden during which time he supervised many projects and personnel in addition to acting as a facilitator for government sponsored programs such as Katimavik. While still employed with Anson, Hinden, and Minden Ric graduated from the Recreation Leadership Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College with honours. During his college education, Ric completed a four month internship with the Town of Lindsay where he worked on special events and new initiatives such as the Lindsay Recreation Complex Construction Project and the March Break Children's Program. During his internship, Ric became close friends with the late John Eakins. John is a former MPP for Victoria-Haliburton and was Minister of Tourism and Recreation, and Minister of Municipal Affairs in the Peterson Government. Ric credits John for providing him with a great deal of professional guidance in addition to planting the political seed in Ric's life at a very early age.
Immediately following his college graduation, Ric was retained by the Corporation of the Township of Otonabee as an Assistant Facilities Manager. Richard spent 3.5 years with the Township of Otonabee before accepting the position of Facilities Director with the Millbrook-Cavan-South Monaghan Community Centre Board of Management. During his tenure as Facilities Director, Ric transformed a dilapidated Ice Skating / Community Centre facility into a thriving, customer service driven municipal service while at the same time maintaining a positive cash flow position. In 1998 the Townships of Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan amalgamated to form the Corporation of the Township of Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan. During the amalgamation process Ric's responsibilities were redefined and he was re-deployed as Director of Parks, Property, and Recreation. Ric directed the operation of the newly formed Parks, Property and Recreation Department and assumed many other municipal responsibilities including Roads, Water & Wastewater and Waste Management up until his departure from administrative public service in 2002 to pursue a private sector career as a Management Consultant.
In addition to the many opportunities Ric has brought to the communities he has served, he also devotes a great deal of time to other community oriented organizations throughout the province.
In 2003, Ric turned his public service focus toward politics and was elected to Municipal Council in November of 2003. Serving as the Ward 2 Councillor in Kawartha Lakes, Ric currently serves on the following Committees: