Updated Sat, Feb 1, 2014 8:27 pm
Athens County Commissioner Lenny Eliason has filed petitions to run for re-election.
Eliason has been county commissioner since August of 1998 when he was appointed to an unexpired term. He won election to his first term in November of 1998.
“I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Athens County and look forward to continuing that service,” Eliason said in a news release.
He serves on the County Commissioners of Ohio (CCAO) Board of Directors as a past president. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the County Employee Benefits Consortium of Ohio (CEBCO).
“This past year has been especially fulfilling. Being able to share my experience and knowledge while working with two new commissioners, Charlie Adkins and Chris Chmiel, has been a lot of fun. New ideas and new challenges keep me looking forward to coming to work every day,” Eliason said.
Eliason is a Past President of The National Association of Counties (NACo). He is a member of the Rural Action Caucus. He is a past member of the NACo Finance Committee, NACo Leadership and Governance Committee and the NACo By-Laws Committee. Eliason is a member of the NACo County Leadership Institute Class of 2006. He is a board member of the Buckeye Hills Hocking Valley Regional Development District Executive and General Policy committees and the Appalachian Development Corporation. He has previously served on the Athens County Economic Development Council, the Area Agency on Aging Board, and the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail Board (SEORJ).
Prior to elected office Eliason had a 20-year career in broadcasting industry in various markets in Ohio including 10 years as a station owner.
Eliason earned a Master’s of Public Administration Degree from Ohio University in June of 2002. He is trained as a Public Sector Dispute Resolution mediator and also serves as a Mediator for the Athens Area Mediation Service.
He also serves as treasurer of the York Twp. Democrat Club and the Athens County Democratic Party. He is a member of the Athens County Democratic Party Central Committee.
Eliason lives in Athens with his wife, Lisa. Their son, Sam, is a Captain in the US Air Force. Their daughter, Megan, is a teacher in the Toledo City Schools.