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Posted on: May 4, 2022

Commissioner Rick Lohnes announces plan to retire later this month

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (MAY 4, 2022) ─ Clark County Commissioner Rick Lohnes announced his retirement from the Board of Clark County Commissioners effective May 31 at today’s meeting.

“It was enjoyable, interesting and I feel it was successful,” Lohnes said. “Every job I ever had, I tried to leave it better off than when I got it for the next person to be able to walk in and handle the job. The County Commission is in a lot better shape than when I walked through the door.”

Lohnes, 69, is currently serving his third term on the Commission. He was first elected in 2010 and was re-elected in both 2014 and 2018. Earlier this year, Lohnes decided not to seek re-election. Lohnes’ last meeting will be May 25.

Lohnes championed multiple projects throughout his career, including the combined countywide 9-1-1 dispatching operation, the School Resource Officer program and a self-funded county healthcare insurance model. He also worked on the county’s first-ever strategic plan that included renovations to the Clark County Courthouse, the Springview Government Center, the A.B. Graham Building and the construction of a new 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.

During his 12-year tenure on the board, Lohnes – who retired as commander of the 178th Wing of the Ohio National Guard in 2008 – served as president of the commission from 2011 through 2019. He worked with six different commissioners, including John Detrick, David Hartley, Melanie Flax Wilt, Lowell McGlothin, David Herier and John Maurer.

“It’s a great place to work and our staff has only gotten better over the last 12 years,” Lohnes said. “We’ve provided well for all of the county-elected officials over the years. The county is in good shape.”

The Clark County Republican Party is expected to select a replacement to serve the remainder of Lohnes’ term next month.


Media contact: Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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