2011-11-19 / News

Perry County Treasurer retires

By Scott Rawdon

NEW LEXINGTON – Longtime Perry County Treasurer Dave Wilson retired Saturday, Nov. 12, after 30 years as treasurer. Perry County Commissioner Lonnie Wood said Wilson had roughly 36 years’ worth of service into the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and decided it was time to step down.

Wood said the Perry County Democratic Party would likely appoint someone to the position Friday or sooner, or the commissioners could appoint an interim treasurer if, for whatever reason, the Democratic party waits to appoint someone. However, “sometimes it’s better just to wait,” he said, and not deal with the complications associated with appointing an interim.

Democratic Central Committee Chair Mike Boley said the committee is meeting Friday night to choose an interim to fulfill the rest of Wilson’s term. “We don’t know yet” who a permanent replacement may be, he said. That person will need to run in the primary election.

In other county news, Isaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor, LLP attorney Jeffrey Stankunas, who is representing the county in a lawsuit against the commissioners and Emergency Management Agency Director Rita Spicer, said the case is removed from Perry County and transferred to federal court.

“I’m counsel for all of the defendants in the civil lawsuit, which has been removed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus,” said Stankunas. “As counsel for many government entities, I often remove cases as a matter of course because the resources of the Federal court typically exceed that of a county court of common pleas,” said Stankunas. He said historically ninety percent or more of all civil filings in federal court do not go to trial. “They typically are resolved by way of either a decision in favor of the defendants following a motion, a dismissal by the plaintiff, or a settlement,” said Stankunas.

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