Created on Friday, 08 February 2013 Written by REUBEN MEES
Rushsylvania resident Pat Myers will continue to serve as the Logan County Recorder for at least the next year and a half after a Thursday evening meeting of the Logan County Republican Party Central Committee.
Putting all political formalities aside, the group voted unanimously to approve the lone candidate as the interim recorder to replace Linda Hanson, who retired at the end of 2012, citing personal and pension-related concerns.
Mrs. Myers, a 10-year employee of the recorder’s office, had been selected previously by Logan County Commissioners as the interim recorder, but an official vote of the Republican Party committee was needed to make it official through the 2014 general election cycle.
“We’re used to having hotly contested races whenever we have vacancies, but we don’t have that tonight,” committee chairman Steve Fansler said.
Mrs. Hanson, also a member of the committee, then made a motion to approve her personally-selected replacement as the official interim recorder.
“She’s worked in the office for the past 10 years and has been my chief deputy,” Mrs. Hanson said. “I feel she is the best candidate.”
Mrs. Myers, who previously worked as director of Logan County’s Ohio State University Extension Office, said after the meeting she has had a good first month under her belt as interim recorder, but has no immediate plans for change in the office.
“My goal was to keep it running as smoothly as possible so lawyers wouldn’t notice a difference,” she said. “And I think we’ve done that. I didn’t want to get behind.”
Prior to Mrs. Hanson’s sudden retirement, longtime employee Margie Hewitt had retired, and the office rehired former employee Amy Schaffer, but the office is still down one employee after the round of resignations.
Mrs. Myers said she hopes to fill the vacant position, but first must evaluate the budget before making a final decision.
While she has no immediate plans for change within the office, maintaining the level of service previously expected is her top priority.
“Right now, it’s just about learning the administrative part of the job,” Mrs. Myers said. “I feel I already have the rest under control.”