Ex-police chief eyes Powder Springs mayor seat
by Marcus E. Howard
September 01, 2011 12:00 AM | 5192 views | 13 13 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — L. Rick Richardson, the former police chief who was fired in Powder Springs, is running for mayor in that city’s election. Qualifying for the Nov. 8 elections in Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw and Smyrna ended Wednesday.

To qualify to have their names appear on the general election ballot, the municipal candidates had to file appropriate paperwork and pay their respective qualifying fees by Wednesday afternoon. The deadline for qualifying in Powder Springs is 4:30 p.m. today. There is no election in Marietta.


Acworth has three aldermen posts up for election, but only Post 3 is contested.

The following candidates have qualified to date: incumbent Butch Price for Alderman Post 1; incumbent Gene Pugliese for Alderman Post 2; and incumbent Bob Weatherford and challenger Brett North for Post 3.


In Austell, longtime Mayor Joe Jerkins will be unopposed in November, while two of three city council posts will be contested.

For Ward 2, incumbent Scott Thomas is unopposed; for Ward 4, Lance Lamberton is challenging incumbent Virginia Reagan; for At-Large Post 2, incumbent Randy Green is being opposed by Suzanne A. Thomason.


Kennesaw has the mayor’s office and two council seats up: Post 1 and Post 2.

In a rematch of the 2007 mayoral election, Mayor Mark Mathews will face challenger and former

two-term mayor Leonard Church; incumbent Christina “Cris” Eaton-Welsh of Post 1 will face Kimmarie Seabrook Gollahon; while incumbent Tim Killingsworth faces Jimmy Dickens in the Post 2 race.


Smyrna has the mayor’s office and all seven City Council seats on the ballot.

Candidates who qualified are: Mayor Max Bacon, Alex Backry and Donna Short Woodham for mayor. Ward 1 incumbent Melleny Pritchett is opposed by John Miller; Andrea Blustein is unopposed in open Ward 2 race; incumbent Teri Anulewicz of Ward 3 is unopposed; Ward 4 incumbent Mike McNabb faces Alex Bretch, Judith Causey Jones and Charles “Corkey” Welch; Mike Hyde, Jason Saliba and Susan Dease Wilkinson are running for the open Ward 5 seat; Ward 6 incumbent Wade Lnenicka is unopposed; and Ron Fennel, Garry Osborne, Ziad Salameh and Vic Yankouski are running for the open Ward 7 seat, presently held by longtime Councilman Pete Wood.

Powder Springs

Powder Springs will have the mayor’s office and two City Council seats, At-Large Post 1 and At-Large Post 2, on the ballot. Qualifying fees are $540 for mayor and $360 for the council seats. Candidates may file notice and pay their fee in the second floor conference room at City Hall, 4484 Marietta St.

Mayoral candidates who have qualified to date are: Mayor Pat Vaughn, Paul Moore and Richardson, who was fired in February for allegedly selling city property without authorization. At-Large Post 1 incumbent Rosalyn Greene Neal has qualified. And incumbent Tom Bevirt and challenger Chris Wizner have qualified for At-Large Post 2.

Qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. today.
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September 03, 2011
to anonymous - can you please provide some examples of "poor choices"? Anyone, including you, can be accused of something - doesn't make it true. Keep your eyes and ears open during this election and you will see some truths come out. It is unfair and ignorant for anyone to express opinions about an issue they do not know all the facts about - all citizens of PS should seek out what is best for their community based on facts - not opinions, lies and innuendos!
September 02, 2011
To: Worked with the guy - obviously you have not seen the investigation. He was cleared of all charges by CCSO, which means, he did not lie under oath. Why spread lies on him. If you don't think he should be Mayor, then don't vote for him, but don't spread lies. I for one, have kept up with Powder Springs news and never heard one bad thing about the man, until he reached retirement age. Hmmm, wonder how many people have actually been allowed to retire from Powder Springs. It makes me wonder it if was just an age discrimination thing, so the city would not have to pay him a retirement. Time will tell. Psst..... I'm voting for Chief Richardson. Pat Vaughn has not done anything good for the city in a while and has put the city in the spotlight and under a cloud. Pat Vaughn, it's time for you to go and to do so gracefully would be the best.
Boot Tim Lee
September 02, 2011
I hope Richardson wins. I'd like for every incumbent to get booted out of office.
September 01, 2011
Yes, but he made some very poor choices in a position of leadership. We do not need that kid of person in an even higher position. Period. Do not vote for this man
Can't wait
September 01, 2011
Was the "Allegedly fired" done to keep Richardson from qualifying? Time will tell.
Worked with the Guy
September 01, 2011
I had the displeasure of working with Rick Richardson too long. He turned in one of my fellow officers for misrepresenting facts in Superior Court. The officer was arrested and fired. The officer, although he was a great officer, he should have been fired for lying under oath. I understand the former Chief misrepresented facts in Federal Court and that was one of the reasons he was fired. OK guys for those of you don't know it, that is a felony! Is that who you want for the Chief? Much less the Mayor? Many of the officers at the PD are glad he is gone. He showed favoritism, particularly to women. You were promoted based on if you were his buddy, not on your own merits. Richardson, stand up and be a man and admit screwed up and and sold fully equipped police cars to your buddies for less than the taxpayers could have received at the mandatory auction. Admit you lied in federal court to cover your butt and quit blaming other people. I wonder why you did not sue or appeal your firing? I think it is odd you would want a job for $12,000 a year and not apply for another position as Chief somewhere else.
Oh, Please
September 01, 2011
To PS Girl: moved to powder springs 12 years ago, love the City if that is Mayor Vaughn's personnal agenda, way to go Mayor Vaughn, you have my vote.

To Mayor/What; I agree with you it does seem strange he refused his appeal, if he is innocent why'd he refuse his appeal?

To Wow Really: reread your paper, what about unethical and violation of oath of office.

To PS Resident: DO YOU really know what happened or have you just heard one side of it. Do you know that the Mayor can not hire, fire or vote, the City Council hired the City Manager.

To Rod Simmons: Perhaps YOU should do a little research before YOU show your ignorance about things you have no knowledge about. Rick was not fired by the Mayor or City Council, he was fired by the City Manager. He refused his appeal before the Mayor and Council. Have you done your research?

To In The Know: How do YOU know who did the investigation of what? Perhaps you should be concerned about putting false statements out there.

With all this being said,I moved here 12 years ago, in this short time I have seen some very positive changes in this City. I am a senior citizen and moved here because of the low Cobb County taxes. With as beautiful as this City it is sad to see so many vicious people that hide behind a computer. Mayor Vaughn I thank you for the job you have done. Good Luck and God Bless.
in the know
September 01, 2011
You poor simpleton. The former chief was not under investigation from the GBI, and was cleared of doing anything illegal by the Sheriff's Dept. The mayor should be concerned if the GBI were to investigate some of her practices while she has been in office. It would be interesting.

September 01, 2011

September 01, 2011
It is so easy to accuse the Rick Richardson, but do you really know what happened? Do you trust what the City Manager says? Remember he was hired by the Mayor. Do we trust the Mayor? How long do you want to have her for Mayor? Until she dies? Eight years is enough. We all know that Pat has her finger on every detail in the city. It is time the residents of Powder Springs STAND UP and vote for change. Someone that will work for the people and have a transparent government. I will VOTE for Richardson. Will you? You might be suprised to see what happens when she is gone. More to come....

Wow really?
September 01, 2011
Resigned in lieu of prosecution? Wow dude read the paper... He was fired and the sheriffs investigation said he did nothing illegal whatsoever. Stop throwing your ignorance around... I have a feeling a whole new side of that story is about to come to light.
for mayor/what?
September 01, 2011
This guy resigned in lieu of prosecution didn't he?? He was under investigation by the Sheriff and the GBI and now he want to be the mayor so he can tell the police department what to do? NO WAY!By him resigning it stopped the formal removal from office. But now since he want to step back up let the Sheriff and GBI put him in his place!
September 01, 2011
Good for you! You have my vote. It is time for a new Mayor who does not have a personal agenda! Good luck and God Bless!
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