Longtime Romeoville resident Dave Richards has been named Assistant Director of Transportation for Valley View School District.
Richards will oversee the Transportation Department’s garage and mechanics while assisting Director of Transportation Lucy Harding with budgeting, employee relations and a variety of other duties.
A former service consultant for Bill Kay Nissan and Bill Kay Chrysler in Downers Grove, he has extensive customer service and management experience in the automotive industry. Prior to working for Bill Kay, he was service manager at Naperville Jeep/Hummer/Kia for seven years and assistant manager/technician at Northern Service Centers in Bolingbrook for 13 years.
Harding cited Richards’ ability to deal with people and his flexibility in adapting to different situations as key factors in bringing him on board.
“This is a great, new opportunity and quite a challenge,” Richards said. “Moving 11,000 children every day is a huge responsibility but we have great people working for us. This is a job with a purpose.”
Richards has been a trustee in Romeoville for five years. He is Past President of the St. Andrew School Board, a member of the Romeoville Chapter of the Knights of Columbus and the Romeoville Lions Club, and is active in the Romeoville Chamber of Commerce and the Hampton Park Social Athletic Club.
His wife, Denise, is a Romeoville High School graduate, as is his daughter, Erin, who is now a student at Lewis University.