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Commissioner Caraway resigns position, effective Aug. 8

CarawayAccepts new position with Kasich administration –

By Patricia Beech –

In a story first reported  by The People’s Defender, Adams County Commissioner Stephen Caraway has announced he will resign after  accepting a position with Ohio Governor John Kasich’s administration.  Caraway told the Defender on Friday that he had been talking to the governor’s office about the position for a few weeks..
“Last week I took a call from the Governor’s office and they issued me a  soft offer, but I had to resign first, so I submitted my letter of  intent to resign and it was accepted by our office.”
His resignation, effective Aug. 8, will officially end his term  of service in Adams County government. “Serving the people of Adams  County has been a true honor, but this was an opportunity I couldn’t  pass up,” he said. “I’m at peace with my choice and excited about this  job opportunity.”
Caraway will begin serving as the Governor’s Southwest Ohio  Regional Liaison in mid-August.
“When I started out as a young  broadcaster at C103 at age 15 and later became Adams County’s Director  of Tourism, I had no idea that it would lead to working for the  Congress, being a County Commissioner, and now serving a Governor that  I respect so much.”
In his new role Caraway will work out of the Governor’s Regional  Office in Cincinnati, but says he will maintain his residence in West  Union. “So many folks have called and emailed me over the weekend  saying, we’re going to miss you. My message to them was ‘thank you,  but I’m not going anywhere’,” he explains further. “My job may be  different, but I still have the same passion and desire to help make  Adams County thrive and prosper as I did when I started my career.  I’ll continue to be involved in community activities that have been a  part of mine and Kelly’s lives for many years.”
According to Caraway, his close Adams County ties have been a  guiding principle in his open-door approach to governing,
“We created the Adams County Cares Program to make it easier for the citizens of  Adams County to share their concerns and to contact us when they have  an issue,” he says. “We all believe that government should be  transparent and helpful to the people we serve, and I pride myself on  putting people before politics.
Likewise, he judges his performance  in county government by its  effect on the people he served. He points to the record of  accomplishments he shares with his fellow commissioners. “We’ve worked  hard to maintain a balanced budget and create a more efficient,  responsible, and modern county government,” he says, adding “We’ve  fought for and been awarded millions of dollars in funding for  critical infrastructure projects, we’ve stood up against burdensome  federal regulations that were threatening the future of our small  businesses, and we’ve helped set Adams County on the path of a bright  and booming tourism industry that will continue to grow and provide an  economic boost to our area.”
Caraway calls his imminent departure from the Commissioner’s  office bittersweet.
“Working with Commissioners Worley and Baldridge has been one of the  highlights of my career in public service,” he said. “We don’t always  agree, but I know both of these fine gentlemen pour their hearts and  souls into making Adams County a better place. And our staff in the  office, Clerk Becky Brodt and Deputy Clerk Linda Mendenhall are a true  blessing and work hard each day to help us run the business of county  government.”
Ohio State Representative Terry Johnson, commenting on Caraway’s departure said, “Stephen is enormously talented and has served Adams County in  an exemplary fashion. He is a wonderful ambassador for our community  and a person I am proud to call a friend. I wish him only the best in  his future endeavors and pray for his continued success.”
Replacing Caraway, who is currently running for a second term as  Commissioner, is a complicated process. To remove his name from the  November ballot, Ohio law required he resign his position before  Aug. 15.
“I chose to resign before the deadline so that the Republican Central  Committee would have time to appoint a successor,” said Caraway. “That  person will replace me on the ballot and be voted on by the people of Adams County this fall.”

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