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This profile was last updated on 3/11/04  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Contributor
    The Star
  • Chaplain
    National Guard
  • Presbyterian Minister

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Volunteer Preacher
    Panama City Rescue Mission


  • Austin ( Texas ) Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Gulf Coast Community College
  • Wewahitchka High School
  • University of West Florida
Web References
James Rish Announces Candidacy for Property Appraiser - Gulf County Florida news story from, The Star, 11 Mar 2004 [cached]
James Rish Announces Candidacy for Property Appraiser
James Rish
James Rish announces his candidacy for Gulf County Property Appraiser.
Rish is a fifth generation Gulf County resident and Democrat.His education includes graduation from Wewahitchka High School, Gulf County Community College and the University of West Florida.His BA degree is in Community Leadership, which is a tract of the social sciences interdisciplinary program.He is a local beekeeper and land developer.
He has served as a U.S. Marine Infantry Platoon Commander, staff officer and assistant OIC of the Fleet Marine Force's Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense school.In addition, he has a masters degree from Austin Seminary.He has served as a Presbyterian minister, National Guard chaplain, and prison chaplain/correctional officer.Currently, he serves as a volunteer preacher at the Panama City Rescue Mission and is a diver for the Wewa Search and Rescue.Moreover, he has experience in managing people and moderating committees.Rish would motivate the Property Appraiser's office staff members to extend every courtesy to any and all of those obliged to pay property taxes and those that would use the office for business.
James Rish is a certified Home Inspector and when it comes to evaluating the value of your home and property, this candidate will be in the taxpayer's corner.
Wewahitchka resident James E. ..., 22 May 2008 [cached]
Wewahitchka resident James E. Rish announced his candidacy for the position of Gulf County Property Appraiser this week. "I feel compelled to pursue this office because I want to live here, taxes are ridiculous, and I believe I know the reason why," Rish said in announcing his decision to run."My main goals will be to see everyone treated equally, to see that each person receives as fair and impartial an appraisal as the next person, to treat everyone with respect, to do everything possible to tell people about all the exemptions they are allowed, and to see that they get them."I will work for fair and impartial appraisals, and keep people informed about certain dates and regulations pertaining to appraisals."I am willing to forfeit being in the beauty of outback Gulf County, in the company of my bees, to get more realistic taxation for myself and every other person in the county.It means that much to me." A fifth generation Gulf County resident, Rish is a graduate of Wewahitchka High School, Gulf Coast Community College, the University of West Florida and Austin (Texas) Presbyterian Theological Seminary.He served as a Presbyterian minister for 10 years and is currently an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Panama City.Rish also served as a prison corrections officer and a prison chaplain, is a former Marine Corps officer, and served as a National Guard chaplain.A member of VFW Post 8285, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Disabled American Veterans DAV), Rish has two children, Coleen and Nathan Rish.
Rish showed his generosity to ..., 22 May 2008 [cached]
Rish showed his generosity to Norton in other ways, like lending him a single shot shotgun to kill his first squirrel and sharing a plug of his uncle James Rish's Brown Mule tobacco.
Norton left the diamond when "the world started spinning too fast," while Rish, steady on his feet, developed a lasting taste for tobacco.
After bequeathing his shoeshine gig to Norton, Rish pursued better employment opportunities.
Rish graduated from Wewahitchka High School, then located in a brick building on Hwy. 71, and began running a milk route for Guilford Dairy, owned by James Guilford.
The property, located on 100 acres south of Wewahitchka, became the first of many investments made by Rish, who at the time of his death had extensive holdings in Gulf County, Northwest Florida, Alabama and North Carolina.
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