Lahrmer named to county job

The Board of Clermont County Commissioners has named Mason resident Scot Lahrmer as the new assistant county administrator.

“I have a passion for local government and am I looking forward to this new opportunity,” said Lahrmer. “I have devoted my life to public service and am excited about bringing my skill set to this growing county.”

Lahrmer, 48, brings more than 20 years of city management experience to the county; he was the Mason, Ohio city manager from 1989 to 2006. During those years, the city of Mason experienced tremendous growth.

“I would say that my biggest accomplishments were overseeing the $30 million water reclamation plant and the construction of a community center through a creative partnership with the Mason school district,” he said.

County Administrator David Spinney said that Lahrmer, who was raised on a farm in rural Williamsport, Ohio, brings to the county a proven track record of success in growth management, the supervision of capital improvements, and especially economic development.

During his 17-year tenure in Mason, he initiated and promoted an economic development plan that created more than 7,500 jobs and generated more than $1.5 billion in private investment.

“I am excited that Scot will be part of our team,” he said. “His wealth of successful experience in local government and his expertise in facilitating multi-million dollar economic development projects in Mason will make him an invaluable member of the Clermont County administration.”

Lahrmer, who lives in Mason with his wife Jackie and their 11-year-old son Beau, earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Ohio Northern University in 1981 and a master’s degree from the University of Akron in 1983.

The challenges that Lahrmer is most looking forward to in the county are capital improvement projects.

“My preliminary observation is that there are county-wide infrastructure improvements that need to be made,” Lahrmer said. “I will focus on assisting in getting those improvements on the right track, whether it is utilities, roadways, or bridges. I am very confident that we can accomplish all of those goals.”

Lahrmer, who enjoys running and biking (he ran in the flying pig marathon in 2004) in his spare time, will take over as assistant county administrator Oct. 2. He replaces Cynthia DeWitt, who has retired from county service.