LIMA — Allen County Commissioner Greg Sneary is leaving office on the last day of September.
Fighting to choke back tears, Sneary made the announcement during Friday’s noon luncheon hosted by the Allen County Republican Party. Party faithful gave him a standing ovation following the announcement.
Almost a year ago, Sneary had announced his intent to retire at the end of 2019. He held off on that decision when former commissioner Jay Begg was forced to leave the board due to medical issues. His term is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2022.
The Republicans appointed Beth Seibert to fill the remainder of Begg’s term. Seibert, who won the Republican primary to take over Begg’s position, will face former sheriff Dan Beck, running as an independent, and former Perry Township trustee Norman Capps, a Democrat, in the November general election.
The Republicans haven’t set a timeline yet for replacing Sneary, Chairman Keith Cheney said. The Ohio Revised Code says they can’t replace the vacant position until it’s been empty for five days, and then the party has 45 days to select a replacement. Cheney said COVID-19 considerations could make it even longer than 45 days.
Sneary said the time is right to move on.
“The office is in good hands with Beth (Seibert) and Cory (Noonan),” Sneary said. “They will do a great job. I appreciate all the support you have given me over the years.”