Richard DeVoe, a certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional, graduated from the University of Mississippi with degrees in accounting and finance in 1983 and 1984. Upon graduation he joined the accounting firm of Clarke, Bradley and Baker in Greenville. He then moved back home to Oxford after five years of practice and started his own firm shortly thereafter. He formed Church, DeVoe and associates, PLLC in 2000 where he is the managing partner. He has practiced public accounting for 25 years. He obtained his Certified Financial Planner certification in 2004. In his practice of accounting he established a professional partnership with Barnes Pettey Financial Advisors, LLC in 1995. He holds the Personal Financial Specialist designation from the AICPA. Richard has been active in his community serving as an alderman for the City of Oxford. He was elected for two terms. He previously served on its planning commission. He was recently( 2004) appointed by Governor Barbour to the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation and the Mississippi Development Bank. He has served on various non-profits in Oxford. He is the current Treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford and sits on the Session as a ruling Elder. He is the past president of the greater Oxford Lafayette Community Foundation and is currently on its Board. Richard is married to Ann and they have two children, Mary Frances and Ellie. He is an avid golfer and duck hunter.