Stricker selected as new publisher of The Lima News

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LIMA — Pamela Stricker has been named publisher of The Lima News.

Stricker was introduced to the newspaper’s staff Wednesday afternoon. She previously served as the publisher of the Wilmington News-Journal for the past 14 years. She was also an assistant regional director for Civitas Media’s Southern Ohio newspapers. Civitas Media owns The Lima News.

“I’ve always thought Lima is a wonderful community and I’m looking forward to becoming part of it,” Stricker said. “I have a lot of respect for the job done by the employees of The Lima News, and want to see what we can do together to make the newspaper even better.”

Stricker was born in Lima, but spent little time in Allen County. Her father, Edmund Mills, was the pastor of Garden City Christian Union Church and Santa Fe Christian Union Church. He felt called to missionary work, and when she was 9 months old, her family moved to Japan, where she stayed until she was 12.

Stricker replaces Jim Shine, who stepped down Wednesday morning to pursue other opportunities. Shine had been with the newspaper since 1995. He wished Stricker success.

Stricker brings with her experience with a number of newspaper companies, including Thomson, Brown Publishing, Gannett and Ohio Community Media. She spent nearly seven years with the Cincinnati Enquirer, including time as its advertising sales manager.

At Wilmington, she began products such as Salt, a popular lifestyle magazine, and Rural Life Today, which is in 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

“Pam is the right fit at the right time,” said Ralph Martin, CEO of Civitas Media. “She has a deep, rich history with Ohio newspapers, which will serve her well in her new appointment.”

Stricker and her husband, Gerald, hope to soon move to Lima. Gerald currently works for Sugartree Ministries in Wilmington, where the couple have been active in the community as well as Vineyard Community Church of Cincinnati. She is a member of Rotary and is on the Outstanding Women of Clinton County committee. Scholar athlete and Clinton County hall of fame programs were also started during her tenure.

“This is a bitter sweet moment for me.,” Stricker said. “It’s very hard to say goodbye to a community you fell in love with and which embraced you. I’m looking forward to the tremendous opportunity Lima presents and becoming part of the community.”