MIAMI COUNTY — There will be a new face on the Board of Miami County Commissioners as one incumbent loses his seat.
Challenger Greg Simmons was elected 59 percent to 40 percent over incumbent Richard Cultice.
“I want to try to learn as much as I can so I can hit the ground running when I take office,” Simmons said.
Simmons is the retired director of the West Central Juvenile Center. He has 25 years of experience in other aspects of county government, including serving as a probation officer and an investigator for Children Services.
He thanked his supporters for having confidence in him and added that he has a lot of respect for his opponent. Cultice has served on the board since May 2011.
“He’s a good man and he’s done a good job. I’m hoping I can do as well if not better,” Simmons said.
Incumbent commissioner Jack Evans defeated challenger Cindy Lillicrap in a close race — 53 percent to 46 percent.
Evans could not be reached for comment at press time.
Evans has been a Miami County Commissioner for 12 years. He previously served as a Monroe Township Trustee and owned the Independent Insurance Agency.
There are three commissioners that serve the county, with duties including overseeing the county budget, appropriating funds and awarding contracts for services. Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien was re-elected in 2014.
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