Jeff Loehrke gave his Resignation at last night's council meeting.
Jeff Loehrke gave his Resignation at last night's council meeting.
OTTAWA - As the Ottawa Village Council met for the first time in the New Year on Monday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m., community development director, Jeff Loehrke announced his resignation.
"It is with mixed emotions that I present to council tonight, my resignation," said Loehrke. "This was not an easy decision as I have enjoyed my 12 and a half years working for the Village of Ottawa, and I am the first to recognize that if it were not for the experience of being Ottawa's Developer, I would never have qualified for this exciting, new opportunity.
Loehrke accepted a position with the Ohio Department of Transportation's Job and Commerce Division as a Regional Manager for districts one and two. His new position will basically cover 16 counties in northwest Ohio, and his first day with ODOT will be Monday, Jan. 28.
"I am proud of what I have accomplished these past 12 and a half years during some very trying times. I look forward to being a resident and watching this community continue to grow and also to volunteer my time when possible," Loehrke said. "I want to thank all of you, especially Jack Williams, for helping me be a better person. I wish the Village of Ottawa the best of luck."
"Without a doubt he is going to leave a huge void here. We give Jeff a tremendous amount of credit for the new jobs of Putnam parkway, as well on the work he put in to help Whirlpool create new jobs in the area," said Municipal Director Jack Williams. "He has been with us for 12 and a half years and when we wondered how we were going to pay for things, he found a way. The employees here at the Municipal Building didn't know about Jeff's resignation and several people have approached me in disbelief. For jeff its a great opportunity that ODOT recruited him. They like the way that Ottawa has growing and the professionalism in the community. I am really happy for him but it's big loss for us."