LIMA — Allen County Commissioner Jay Begg will not return to office, as his recovery is expected to continue past Ohio’s leave of absence guidelines.
Begg has been out on leave since he was injured in an accident at his home on Nov. 9. Ohio’s leave of absence guidelines only allow county commissioners to be out of office for up to 90 days, with another 30-day extension permitted when recommended by a physician.
The Allen County Republican Party is now planning to appoint a new commissioner to finish Begg’s term, which will now expire on March 17 rather than at the end of 2020.
Allen County Republican Party Executive Chairman Keith Cheney said Begg is “responding well to treatment.”
Cheney shared the news with commissioners Cory Noonan and Greg Sneary during the board’s regular meeting on Thursday.
“Jay Begg has served Allen County for many years with distinction, integrity and honor,” Cheney said. “As the Allen County fair director, Jay Begg made our county fair one of the best in the state of Ohio and recognized nationally as a premier county fair. Working together with commissioners (Cory) Noonan and (Greg) Sneary, Allen County has moved forward in a very position direction during his service as county commissioner.
“His ability to be a mind of reason, a confidante amongst his peers and a true public servant will never be forgotten or unnoticed.”
The GOP will appoint a new commissioner shortly after voters whittle the Republican field for Begg’s seat, which was originally expected to end at the end of 2020. That means the new commissioner could win a full term in November, depending on who the party selects for the interim appointment.
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