As one Richland Township man retires as Wyandot County commissioner, another one steps in to fill his shoes.
The Republican Central Committee voted Thursday evening to appoint Ron Metzger, of Forest, to the seat of county commissioner to replace Mike Wheeler.
“It’s gratifying,” Metzger said. “I have 21 years of township experience. I know it’s going to be a learning experience and I’ll have to absorb a lot through the beginning, but I really appreciate the confidence of the committee.”
Wheeler was pleased to see Metzger receive the position.
“I’ve worked with Ron in the past in Richland Township and the county is in very good hands,” Wheeler said. “He’s fiscally compliant and has always been a pleasure to work with. It’s gratifying to see the process go through and to see the speeches of each of the candidates. They each had the genuine concern for Wyandot County in their hearts.”
One of Metzger’s new associates, county commissioner Steve Seitz, was there to see the results and he too was pleased with the committee’s choice.
“I’m going to miss Mike, but Ron is going to step in there and do an excellent job,” Seitz said. “The Republican Committee did an excellent job last time they had to do this when they picked Bill Kitzler, who is doing a great job as county auditor, and I think Ron and the committee did a nice job.”
Party chairman Sherman Stansbery said the voting between the six candidates was very close throughout the process.
“We were going to take whoever received 50 percent of the vote, but it went down to the last two standing,” he said. “It was very close until the end.”
The other five candidates were Ed Boutwell, Chris Gamber, Jack Gottfried, Robby Lee and Robyn Schuster.
Metzger’s appointed term will begin Monday and last until the general election this fall, when he said he will run to fill out the rest of the term.
“From my understanding, I’ll be put on the ballot automatically because the committee will put me on to run,” Metzger said.
By PATRICK MASSARA