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Before coming to Albemarle, Richardson was executive of Cleveland County, North Carolina. 
Richardson received a master's degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina. He has three children. 
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- Web. Tar Heel transplant: Jeff Richardson jumps into county exec role, Samantha Baars, News Article, C-Ville Weekly, February 28, 2018, retrieved March 1, 2018.