Richard Gonzales, Jr. was sworn in to the Lakeland Board of Commissioners on December 6th, 2018.
Richard is a graduate of Wooddale High School in Memphis, and graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Martin. While at U.T.M., he participated in the university’s Army ROTC program and received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, upon graduation.
After eight years of active duty, Richard served in the U.S. Army Reserve. His last reserve position was an instructor in the Reserve Component of the U.S Army Command and General Staff College. He retired from the Army Reserve in 2005, with 28 years of service reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In 2014, Richard was appointed by Governor Haslam to the Great War Commission, a statewide group charged with commemorating Tennessee’s contributions to the First World War.
After leaving Army active duty, he spent 30 years in the building maintenance and facilities services industry. He served as regional manager over the Memphis office of Kimco Services Corporation, working in this position until his retirement in December 2015.
Richard and his wife Carol live in Evergreen Hills, where he serves as vice-president of the homeowners association, having served since its inception.
He is a proud father of two and the grandfather of five.