Party affiliation: Democrat
Joe Edward Richards, American health care executive. Achievements include Developed & implemented statewide emergency medical services management information system. Decorated National Defense medal. Board directors West Virginia Easter Seal Society, 1977—1987, Buckskin council Boy Scouts American, 1985—1986; Member of National Association Private Resources, Alpha Kappa Delta, Sigma Xi.
Chief research & development Office Emergency Medical Services, West Virginia Department Health, 1977—1981, director regulatory services division, 1981—1982, director certified of need, 1983—1984. Senior manager health care consultant Ernst & Whinney, Charleston, 1984—1988. Administrative law consultant.
Principal Smith & Kern Certified Public Accountant, 1988—1989. Director operations Voca Corporation West Virginia Inc., since 1989. Adjunct instructor health law & legislation West Virginia Institute of Technology.
With United States Air Force, 1966-1969.