his mapping career in 1973 after graduating from college. Employed as a
map technician for a consulting engineering firm, he helped develop the
initial assessment mapping systems for several eastern and midwestern
counties. His strong surveying background and business knowledge enabled
him to later secure employment with the Buncombe County, North
Carolina, Assessor’s Office. As the Land Records Department director, he
was responsible for administrating and implementing a mapping/GIS. He
is currently a senior planner for the county, developing an E911/address
quick response dispatch utilizing the assessment GIS that he was
instrumental in developing.
received his Cadastral Mapping Specialist (CMS) designation on Jan. 14,
1994. He also actively promotes the assessment mapping profession by
his involvement with the International Association of Assessing Officers
(IAAO) at both the local and national levels. The fact that the state
of North Carolina leads the country in the number of CMS designees is,
in large part, due to his promotion of the designation. For his efforts
on behalf of the IAAO, he was awarded the “Member of the Year”
distinction in 2001.
Richard authored Course 601: Cadastral Mapping Methods and Applications as well as the current Course 651: GIS for Assessors,
and has also authored the mapping curriculum courses in North Carolina
that are required for state certification. In addition, he has written
two cover stories for IAAO’s Fair and
Equitable magazine (“The Roots of Cadastral Mapping” and “Adverse Possession”) as well as several feature articles.