Richard L. Gail spent his entire 39-year career with American Electric Power (AEP), serving in numerous management roles at four different electric generating plants. These include the Poston Plant in Athens County, Ohio, the Conesville Plant in Coshocton County, Ohio, the Clinch River Plant in Russell County, Virginia, and the Philip Sporn Plant in Mason County, West Virginia. Gail was the plant manager at both the Clinch River and Philip Sporn plants.
During his career, Gail was involved with the AEP mergers with the Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Company and with Texas Utilities. During the Texas merger, he served on the Generation Development Committee and unified the generation assets in the 11 states that would form AEP. Gail retired from AEP in 2011.
Throughout his career and into his retirement, Gail has been a strong supporter of each community he called home. He was elected to three terms on the Coshocton City School Board, serving as president for six of those 12 years, and was also appointed to the Coshocton County Joint Vocational School Board for six years, serving as president for three years. He also served as president for two of his four years on the Leadership Coshocton County Board. He additionally served on the Mason County Development Authority Board and the Mason County Port Authority, and is a past president of the Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gail is a former member of the Abingdon Senior Center Board of Directors, where he served one year as board president. He has also served on the Advisory Committee for Russell County Schools and on the Board of Visitors for Emory & Henry College. He also served on the Johnston Memorial Hospital Board for nine years.
Currently, Gail is a member of the Virginia Employer Support for Guards and Reserves (ESGR) SW committee, where he serves as an ombudsman, and the Abingdon Civitan Club, where he served as president from 2003-2004. He holds a dual membership in the Abingdon Masonic Lodge and the West Lafayette, Ohio Masonic Lodge. He is a past master of the West Lafayette lodge and a past district deputy. He is also a past patron of the Eastern Stars, a past president of the 19th Masonic District of Ohio, a member of the Aladdin Shrine Club in Columbus, Ohio, and a past exalted ruler of the Coshocton Ohio Elks Lodge.
An Athens County, Ohio native, Gail attended Ohio University, where he majored in business administration. He and his wife, Marty, have one son, Brian, and two granddaughters, Jordan and Kamryn.