OTTAWA — Putnam County Recorder Cathy Recker said she does not have plans to retire or resign from her position despite a letter her husband, Troy Recker, submitted to Putnam County Republican Central Committee members April 22.
Recker has served as the county recorder since 2005.
During telephone interviews Aug. 8 and 12 with The Lima News, Recker confirmed she would not be resigning.
“I love my job and sometimes you have problems, but I am there every day and I’m doing my job,” Recker said. She said she is healthy, takes care of her family and her career and she enjoys her job.
The letter — signed by Troy and Cathy Recker — states, “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of my wife’s Cathy intent to step down as the Putnam County Recorder due to a debilitating illness.
“In the interest of the residents of Putnam County, the Republican Party and the employees of the recorder’s office we respectfully request your support to appoint me (Troy) to fill the vacancy of the unexpired term.
“Cathy and I both agree this would allow for the most fluent and uninterrupted transition possible for patrons and employees alike.
“If appointed, it would be my full intent to file a petition and run as a candidate for the county recorder’s position in the 2020 election.”
He stated in the letter his wife has done “an exceptional job” as county recorder.
“In her first term in office she implemented online records searching and made documents available online as well. … she improved the aesthetics, flow and presentation of the office. … (She) has represented Putnam County well serving in all executive positions, including chairperson of the Ohio Recorders Association. Additionally, she represented the Ohio Recorders Association in the National Property Records Industry Association from 2013 to 2017.
“She is also very active in the Putnam County Republican Party Central Committee serving as the past Women’s Chairperson where she organized and hosted many political events.”
The letter continues, “like several of the county elected officials, she most likely could have retained her position as county recorder until she was ready to retire from public service, however, the current circumstances have forced her to make this very difficult decision. It is with the utmost humility and respect that we submit this request to you as a member of the Putnam County Republican Party Central Committee.”
Putnam County Ohio Republican Party posted a press release on its website dated Aug. 8 that states the letter was not a letter of resignation, and no notice of vacancy in the office of the recorder has been received. The release continues that should notice of vacancy of that office or any elected office held by a Republican in Putnam County Republican Central Committee be received by the Putnam County Republican Central Committee, the successor will be appointed in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code 305.02 which governs procedure, and in compliance with Ohio’s Sunshine Laws.
Putnam County Commissioner Michael Lammers said he has not received a resignation letter from Cathy Recker.
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